|Artist: Franz Laskoff
Item: R. 30
Title: Smalti Colorificio
from the "Ricordi Portfolio"
in Italy 1914. View entire collection (70)
Presented in 16 in x 20 in acid free, archival museum mat, with framing labels.
Ready to frame. Shipped boxed flat via Fedex.
Certificate of Authenticity.
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| Sheet Size:|| 10 in x 14 in|
| || 25.5 cm x 35.5 cm|
|Price: $400.00 USD Now
"An effective use of the paper "reserve" the white of the paper upon
which this promotional image is printed-focuses our attention on the
pristine workman and, not coincidentally, the Smalti paint he uses
to produce superior results. Some versions of this poster appear with
altered bottom text.
A portrait painter and landscapist, Laskoff
(born Franz Laskowski in Bromberg, Germany) traveled in France, England
and elsewhere, but most of his work was done in the early-1900s in
Italy, where he proved that he could match the best graphic artists
of his day. He produced about twenty posters, all of them very distinguished,
in a style that was uniquely his own." (Rennert)
This is a selection from the very rare commemorative portfolio published
by the renowned Italian printer Ricordi in 1914. The portfolio consisted
of 70 lithographic plates (smaller versions) of Ricordi's greatest
posters printed between 1895 and 1914. Many of the images in the series
are so rare that they can be found today in no other format. In the
1870s, Ricordi opened an in-house lithography shop to promote its
operas and sheet music business. Ricordi quickly became the leading
lithographer in Italy and by 1895 was creating posters for other clients
such as Campari, the Milan newspaper Corriere della Sera, and the
Mele Department store of Naples. Under the tutelage of Adolfo Hohenstein,
a brilliant stable of artists emerged at Ricordi. Artists including
Cappiello, Caldanzano, Cavaleri, Dudovich, Laskoff, Metlicovitz and
Mataloni brought Art Nouveau, known as Stile Liberty in Italy, to
a world class level. Much like the famous Maitre
de L'Affiche series created by Cheret
in Paris, this portfolio celebrated the rise of the poster - which
in Italy was almost single-handedly accomplished by Ricordi.