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1970s Wiinblad 1001 Nights (garden version) - Original Vintage Poster

1970s Wiinblad 1001 Nights (garden version) - Original Vintage Poster

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..."Scheherazade combed and braided her young sister's hair and flooded it with beads".

Scheherazade is the woman who tells caliph Shahryar, the Thousand and One Nights adventures in the fairy tale of the same name. This story is perhaps the most famous of the many stories in the series of stories that "1001 Nights" is made of up.

Originally, the caliph married to a woman whom he loved very much, but she was unfaithful to him. So he decided to marry a virgin every day and cut off her head when the day was over. One day he was so married to Scheherazade. She was not like the others - she was much more clever and had a story for every day. When the day was over she said that she would continue the story the following day. When the Caliph had to hear the story to end he did not have the heart to kill her. After 1001 night with stories and without Shahryar killing his wife, then Scheherazade quit her stories. At that time Shahryar is so in love with her that he refrains from killing a new wife every morning. And they lived happily ever after...

This rare poster was made as artwork and advertisement for a "new" and complete book publishing of One Thousand and One Nights in the 1960s (I believe this poster could be from the second half of the 60s). Bjørn Wiinblad also made graphical illustrations in the books in order to bring the adventures to life. I believe around five or six of the illustrations was scaled up into large size posters. There are around eight different "1001 Night" posters by Wiinblad but this one I have only seen once - and this is the one.

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.

Like other translations, Danish translations also to some extent been a problem, since you either have purged 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 the time period in which the adventures was translated. Wiinblad made a few different artworks for new translation and some of them are very erotic.

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.

The poster will be shipped wrapped in paper and rolled inside a tube.


Artist: Bjørn Wiinblad

Print: Offset lithography (Signed in print)

Dimensions: 23.6 x 31.5 in (60 x 80 cm)

Condition: Very good condition - the poster has tiny pinholes in each corner and a sticker in the lower right corner - please see pictures.

Country: Denmark

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REF: L3010

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