Artist: Bjørn Wiinblad (signed and dated in print)
Print: Offset lithography (print by Egmont Hansen, København)
Dimensions: 24.4 x 39.4 in (62 x 100 cm)
Condition: Very good condition - only very light signs of handling (if any) - please see pictures
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This rare and beautiful poster was made in the mid-century by the Danish artist Bjørn Wiinblad as a promotion of the play “The Lady of the Camellias” in Denmark.
The novel which is based on real events and the author's memories of the Parisian courtesan Marie Duplessis is a love story and the story is told by Duval himself to the (unnamed) narrator of the novel.
Duplessis is named as the Lady of the camellias (I believe that this poster displays her) who suffers from tuberculosis because she wears a white camellia when she is available to her lover(s) and a red one when her delicate condition precludes making love.
The poster is made as a serigraph (silk screen print) which means the colors looks very vibrant and the quality of the print is very high. It is a highly refined proces that takes much longer than typical offset print. However, when the serigraph is finish you can touch the colors and textures on poster almost as if it was a painting.
This is one of Wiinblad's earlier posters and if you are familiar with his art you can see some parallels to his later and more well-known crafts.
The craft of Wiinblad is often colorful, lush and full of humor. He was inspired by the sumptuous oriental style far from the Nordic stylish line. This artwork is differently true to his special line - this horse rider looks like his is wearing some kind of Oriental clothing with a twist of imagination.
The views on his works are to this day very divided, but interest in his finer things are unrelenting - especially abroad (particularly the U.S., Japan, Germany and Norway). Bjørn Wiinblad's contemporaries were not exactly inclined to acknowledge his way to work, so his position as an artist has been a bit special.
Globally, Bjørn Wiinblad is one of the very best selling Danish artists. He is represented at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London and the Museum of Modern Art in New York.
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