Artist: Aage Rasmussen (signed and dated in print)
Print: Lithographic poster (Print by Andreasen & Lachmann)
Dimensions: 24.4 x 39.4 in (62 x 100 cm)
Condition: Good condition - light handling signs and a few tiny tears on the yellow outline - please see pictures.
A great mid-century travel poster encouraging travellers to visit the birthplace of the great fairy tale writer Hans Christian Andersen. On the poster is the house where Andersen was born which is located in the city of Odense on the island of Fynen (Fyn). In the top of the poster is a rose and a book telling the a fragment of shortstory "A Rose from Homer’s Grave" in Danish.
Here is an English version:
"(..) the rose trembled in the wind. The evening came, and the rose wrapped her leaves more closely round her, and dreamed: and this was her dream. It was a fair sunshiny day; a crowd of strangers drew near who had undertaken a pilgrimage to the grave of Homer. Among the strangers was a minstrel from the north, the home of the clouds and the brilliant lights of the aurora borealis. He plucked the rose and placed it in a book, and carried it away into a distant part of the world, his fatherland. The rose faded with grief, and lay between the leaves of the book, which he opened in his own home, saying, “Here is a rose from the grave of Homer.” Then the flower awoke from her dream, and trembled in the wind. A drop of dew fell from the leaves upon the singer’s grave".
The poster is designed by the talented Danish artist Aage Rasmussen (1913-75) which is known for his iconic lithographic posters for Danish State Railways. Rasmussen got his breakthrough in 1937 when he proposed a poster for DSB know as the high-speed train (Lyntogsplakaten) which is also available in my collection.
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