Artist: Franz Laskoff Polish (1869-1921)
Title: Smalti Colorificio
Plate: R. 30
Original lithograph from the "Ricordi Portfolio"
Printed 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.
Sheet Size: 10 in x 14 in 25.5 cm x 35.5 cm
"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 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." (www.internationalposter.com)