A rare example of Cross-Country skiing art advertising Nurnberg's Winter Sports Store. This poster is famous for its portrayal of the style and equipment of the early 20th century skiing, as well as for its wonderful pastel colors. Kunst was not only a painter and graphic designer but also an enthusiastic mountaineer–a logical designer choice for this Munich ski equipment poster. A year or so later, he adapted the design for a ski equipment dealer in Berlin by simply adding a skier fastening his bindings and changing the mountains to snow-covered pines.
"Kunst created several posters advertising winter sport clothiers and equipment manufacturers. They all differ in size but share certain visual similarities in that they are all variations on the theme of a skier with his equipment at the top of a mountain." (Swann)
"Carl Kunst was the son of a secret secretary in the Bavarian Ministry of War. He first studied at the Royal School of Applied Arts in Munich with Maximilian Dasio. In 1903 he matriculated at the Royal Academy of Arts for the drawing school with Peter Halm and Franz von Stuck .
During his short creative phase, Carl Kunst designed numerous posters, advertising stamps and illustrated books. His employers include the clothing store Isidor Bach, the Stollwerck company , Marco Polo Tee, Kunstanstalt Reichold & Land, Sport Schwaiger Munich, Belgeri Werk, Bregenz, and Bazar Nürnberg. Kunst designed a series of Art Deco postcards in the 1910s that are particularly artistically valuable. The series of postcards contains well-known sights in Munich: shades of brown and bright, bright colors create a shrill, striking contrast. Large areas of color suggesting sky or water, sometimes little clouds or waves, the liberal use of the color orange, yellow, purple or turquoise are almost forerunners of the pop art of the 1960s
A study of German commercial graphics. This bound edition printed in 1927 is an important study of a great era of German graphic design : posters, packaging, advertising, book illustration, programs for theater, sports, etc. Profusely illustrated, mostly with tipped-in color plates of work by Bernhard, Hohlwein, Klinger, Preetorius, Gipkens, Kleukens, Cissarz, Pechstein and many others.
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