Artist: Bjørn Wiinblad (signed and dated in print by Wiinblad)
Print: Lithography (print by Andreasen & Lachmann, København)
Dimensions: 24.3 x 33.5 in (61.7 x 85 cm)
Condition: Very good condition - minor signs of handling and wear/small tears on the edges and a little piece of the lower left corner is missing (most imperfections are easy to cover in a frame) - please see pictures.
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Bjørn Wiinblad connoisseurs will instantly see that this is one of his first posters.
The age and the elegantly, soft drawn sketch is what makes this poster a true Wiinblad marvel - and also a rare one. I have never seen this poster before and I have seen a couple of hundreds.
The poster was made to promote 1001 Nights published by in Danish by Fischers Forlag (publisher). The poster says:
"Now available is Volume 1 of the world's most beautiful adventure for adults. 1001 Nights. First unabridged version in a Nordic language".
Bjørn Wiinblad also made graphical illustrations in the books in order to bring the adventures to life.
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. - I believe the woman on the poster could be Scheherazade.
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.
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 - just to mention a few.
Note: this poster is printed as lithographic poster which means it is finer, softer and smoother print than average offset print. This poster is pure quality and delight.
Thanks for watching and please let me know if you have any questions.
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