Live vicariously this summer through our 13th Annual Summer Poster Show, with its stunning array of sybaritic summer pleasures from travel and sports to food and beverage.
The show opens with Jules Cheret's 8-foot-tall portrait of a beautiful young woman with a basket of flowers. Cheret created this poster at the beginning of the poster craze of the 1890's for a department store called the Belle Jardiniere - but the store backed out of the project. The design was quickly snapped up by Edmond Sagot, the pioneering print and poster dealer, who saw it as a marvelous supplement for his first poster catalog. This five-color poster came folded and was included in the 112 page catalog for the bargain sum of 10 francs. It is surely one of the most beautiful of Cheret's posters, with stunningly fresh color.
Another seasonal delight is a Thirties poster for Prunier, a purveyor of seafood that features a jovial fishmonger at the shore with a fish under his arm and a basket of clams balanced on his head. With sailboats in the distance, it evokes the simple pleasures of summer vacations at the shore.
The show continues with a strong selection of travel posters from around the globe. A spectacular group of ocean liners includes a dynamic Cunard poster of the venerable Aquitania by Rosenvinge from around 1914. Cassandre is represented by a rare version of the Normandie (1935) and his Precisionist inspired Statendam (1929), and Cote d'Azur (1931). Exotic travel posters hail from Tasmania and Australia, while stateside posters include railroad posters from Mt. Rainier, Yellowstone and Alaska for the Northern Pacific Railroad.
Our summer show is rounded out with several posters of sport. A rare classic is Norman Rockwell's 1939 poster for a Saturday Evening Post cover, entitled 100th Year of Baseball. It is rarely seen in poster form, as are baseball posters in general. The show includes posters of sailing in Australia, deep-sea fishing in New Zealand and fly fishing in Canada. A final treat is a fine selection of racing posters, from Geo Ham's rare 1936 Monaco Grand Prix to Garcia's dynamic X Gran Premio Internacional Pena Rhin of 1950.
"Summer is a time for wanderlust, and we try to take our clients 'around the world in 80 posters' in our summer show," states the Gallery's owner, Jim Lapides. "The high caliber of these posters has made them increasingly collectible in the last twenty years, yet they are still affordable to even beginning collectors."