Artist: Alvarez Gomez
Print: Stone lithography (Signed in print. Print by Graficas del Sur, Sevilla)
Dimensions: 18.3 x 27.6 in (46.5 x 70 cm)
Condition: Very good condition - minor signs of handling and folds along the edges of the poster - please see pictures.
Dissemination: Quite rare
A great and "typical" Spanish late art deco motif on this poster - portraying a beautiful young lady overlooking the magnificent Giralda.
The Giralda a beautiful bell tower of the Seville Cathedral. The tower was originally build as a minaret during the Moorish period but later the Spaniards add a Renaissance look to the top of the tower.
The poster is an advertisement for "Feria de Sevilla", a Spanish festival held in the Andalusian capital of Seville, Spain and dates back to 1847 when it was originally organized as a livestock fair.
Today the fair officially begins at midnight on Monday, and runs six days, ending on the following Sunday. Each day the fiesta begins with the parade of carriages and riders, at midday, carrying Seville's leading citizens which make their way to the local bullring where the bullfighters and breeders meet.
For the duration of the fair, the fairgrounds and a vast area on the far bank of the Guadalquivir River are totally covered in rows of casetas (booths). Some of these casetas belong to the prominent families of Seville, some to groups of friends, clubs, trade associations or political parties. From around nine at night until six or seven the following morning, at first in the streets and later only within each caseta, you will find crowds partying and dancing "Sevillanas", drinking Jerez sherry, or manzanilla wine, and eating tapas. The fair is the most populous and well known of the numerous fairs held in Andalusia - it is also the most visited and has a strong economic impact on the region.
The "Feria de Sevilla posters" are highly valued across the world as many of the motifs are very "Spanish" - in a quite romantic, historical and traditional sense.
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