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Since the 1880s, the masked balls at the Theatre of National de l’Opera (also known as Paris Opera) have become the social event of the year. In this rarely found poster, Leonetto Cappiello did a fantastic job portraying two exuberant dancers completely immersed in a carefree and almost weightless world. With this lively design, Cappiello took a sharp turn from Jules Cheret’s more reserved attempts in 1890s. The vibrant yellow background is filled with colorful swirling lines that resemble streamers, bringing out the joy and fun at the masked balls at the Paris Opera.Leonetto Cappiello (1875-1942) was an Italian poster artist who worked in Paris. He is known for modernizing advertising design for the 20th Century. His compositions are uncomplicated and often feature a graceful figure with an oversized rendition of the product against a simple color background. The typography is often minimalized to be as direct and short as possible. This innovation allowed for the advertising to be eye-catching and understood at a moments’ glance. It was ideal for the fast paced travel and attention of busy city life.To learn more about the artwork of Cappiello, please follow this link: https://rossartgroup.wordpress.com/2013/10/24/history-buff-for-the-love-of-cappiello/This is an Original Vintage Poster. It is not a reproduction. This poster is conservation mounted, linen backed and has had some restoration in the upper left portion of the poster as well as in the margins. We guarantee the authenticity of all of our posters.

Dimensions: 29.75 x 46 in


Date: 1921

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Estimate $6,500 - $8,500Sep 27, 2018
532 Madison Ave.
4th Floor
New York, NY 10022
United States
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