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Over 200 Free-To-Download Design Masterpieces From The ‘Golden Age Of Posters’
By Mikelle Leow, 18 Jul 2017
Composite image by DesignTAXI. Left image by Ferdinand Andri (1906) via MCAD Library, right image by Berthold Löffler (1908) via MCAD Library
The late nineteeth century was a revolutionary time for graphic designers and lithographers alike. This was a period when stones were replaced by mass-produced zinc plates for printing, allowing for posters to be manufacturerd in multicolor and in assorted sizes at affordable costs.
These breakthrough years gave rise to advanced quality masterpieces produced by skilled illustrators and graphic designers the likes of Alphonse Mucha and Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec.
To celebrate this period, the Minneapolis College of Art and Design (MCAD) has released more than 200 posters created in the 1890s through the First World War, now touted the ‘Golden Ages of Posters’.
“Many of the artists who designed posters during this period were already well-known in other media, such as painting and architecture. Their creative success helped to bridge the gap between ‘high art’ and popular visual culture, and to introduce even those who never visited museums or galleries to examples of innovative modern design.”
View some stunning poster designs below and check out MCAD’s curated collection for more.
‘International Advertising Exhibition’ poster (1920). Image by Frederick Charles Herrick via MCAD Library
‘Kunstschau Wien’ poster (1908). Image by Berthold Löffler via MCAD Library
‘L'Estampe moderne: La Femme au paon’ poster (1897). Image by Louis John Read via MCAD Library
‘Marque PKZ’ poster (1908). Image by Ludwig Hohlwein via MCAD Library
‘Fledermaus Kabarett und Theater’ poster (1908). Image by Berthold Löffler via MCAD Library
‘AEG Electric Lamps’ poster (1910). Image by Peter Behrens via MCAD Library
[via Open Culture, images via MCAD Library]
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