Aug. 4, 2021

Polish posters of American films

The end of the 1940s in Poland was associated with the rapid development of poster art, especially film posters. This phenomenon in the Polish artistic scene was initiated by Henryk Tomaszewski and Eryk Lipiński, who engaged in a collaboration with a state-owned company Film Polski ("Polish Film"). The artists' main objective was the possibility of designing posters without being restricted by the incumbent rules, which also constituted the condition for their cooperation. Another important issue was the content, which was supposed to have a synthetic, attractive, and clear form at the same time. The innovative approach to film posters, which was different from commercial placards, broke with the "sentimental" or "revolver" style and created new poetics. The striving for synthesis and artistic condensation defined the nature of the new Polish School of Poster. 


Jakub Erol is the author of nearly one thousand film posters, including for the film "Andrei Rublev", directed by Andrei Tarkovsky and awarded the International Federation of Film Critics Prize (FIPRESCI) at the Cannes Film Festival in 1969. The artist also created other renowned works, e.g. the poster for George Lucas' "Star Wars", which is available at the auction, same as the posters for the films "E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial", "The Witches of Eastwick", "The Terminator", or "Romancing the Stone". 

Original poster designs, displaying the artists' workmanship, constitute a particularly interesting part of the offer, which also includes "The Last Task" by Robert Knuth, a multimedia artist whose works are in the collections of, among others, the National Museum in Wrocław, the Kościuszko Foundation, the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Museum in Koszalin, the National Museum in Poznań, the National Museum in Wilanów. 

Mieczysław Wasilewski, who received his education in the workshop of Henryk Tomaszewski, is a master of a synthetic graphic sign. The artist consciously opts for simplified forms of communication, expressed in a simple language and devoid of unnecessary embellishments. This unique style originates from his discipline of thinking, precision in shaping and transforming messages into images. Color minimalism is related to putting the balance point on drawing and typography, which simplifies forms to signs, pictograms.

Another artist associated with Tomaszewski's studio is Andrzej Klimowski. He was born in London, where he also usually works. When designing posters, he makes use of drawing and printmaking, mainly linocut. He freely moves between various disciplines of art and draws inspiration from Polish and Russian interwar photomontage, surreal visions, and directly from Cieślewicz's works. For example, a hybrid image of a human figure appears in the poster for the film "Omen".

Wiesław Wałkuski collaborated with a number of publishing houses, theaters, and film distributors, for instance, Polfilm and Film Polski. As an independent artist, he deals with artistic posters, illustration, and painting. Wałkuski is a recipient of numerous awards, including at the Chicago Film Festival, the Mexico International Poster Biennale, the Chaumont International Poster Festival in France, the Osnabrueck International Theater Poster Competition in Germany. 

Our offer also includes a very interesting set of works by Jerzy Flisak, who freely made use of color and creative typography. The artist's diverse techniques and inexhaustible sense of humor are displayed through miscellaneousness, playing with styles, artistic quotes, and clever framing. His oeuvre includes paintings, photographs, cut-outs, illustrations, works employing signs. They are distinguished by remarkable freshness and diversity, which makes them attractive and unique.