Artist: Otto Nielsen (signed "ON" in print)
Print: Offset lithography
Dimensions: 23.6 x 33.5 in (60 x 85 cm)
Condition: Very good condition - only light signs of handling and a tear in the top - please see pictures.
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Capture the true magic of One Thousand and One Nights with this romantic masterpiece of a poster by the famous Danish Artist Otto Nielsen. The poster was made as an advertisement for the complete book publishing of One Thousand and One Nights.
Otto Nielsen also made graphical illustrations in the books in order to bring the adventures to life. This end is Otto Nielsen's typical, imaginative and delicate watercolor added oriental gold and ornaments. Women are fantastically beautiful and undressed - yet they are using a few strokes, partial and easily hidden by transparent dressing.
One Thousand and One Nights is a collection of adventures of mixed origin (possibly made between AD 500-1500), the shape of the adventure collection is Arabic, but most of the adventures available in other versions in other adventure collections. The tales are part of an overall story about a sultan who have been in the habit of beheading his wives after the wedding night, but he marries the clever Scheherazade, beginning a new story every night, so the Sultan should let her live a night more to hear the rest of the story.
The adventure collection is in original very erotic, but released many times in more puritanical versions. The image of the poster is quite erotic and given that the poster was created in the hippie hay days of Denmark in the 1970s the pictorial interpretation of the story also came out in erotic way. Traditionally Denmark is a very liberal country - in 1969, Denmark became the first country to abolish censorship, thereby decriminalizing pornography.
Like other translations, Danish translations also had some issues, since you either have purged an adventure collection of erotica or that they were greased extra and thereby gained Thousand and One Night to emerge as a major erotic works - depending upon your the time period in which the adventures was translated.
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