Poster of the Day

Poster of the Day: Menton-Mer-Monts-Merveille

A Touch of the French Riviera!

vintage poster, Menton-Mer-Monts-Merveille by Constantin Terechkovitch

This vibrant scene of the Riviera coast, created in a style reminiscent of Matisse, is the work of a Russian artist who left for France after the Russian Revolution. Terechkovitch was trained in the acclaimed School of Art, Sculpture and Architecture in Moscow and immediately felt comfortable in the Russian ex-patriot community in the Montparnasse neighborhood of Paris.

There he became friendly with Chaim Soutine, an Expressionist painter close to Modigliani, and Mikhail Larionov and his wife Natalia Goncharova, avant-garde Russian artists. After WWII Terechkovitch moved to Menton on the French Riviera.

The main characteristic of Terechkovitch’s work is stunning color, as is abundantly clear in this sun-dappled poster of his wife on a seaside porch. Beautifully printed in 1960 by Mourlot, the leading fine art printer in Paris, it is in perfect condition.

View more more French Travel posters here!

Poster of the Day

Posters of the Day: Campari Soda

The Gallery is alive with Campari!

This new discovery is irresistible, playful, charming, seductive, hip, fresh and stylish, all rolled in one. You think Audrey Hepburn, Donald Draper & friends, La Dolce Vita and Twiggy. The long green stockinged legs, the stylish shoes, the tip of the cap to both modern art and hieroglyphics in the painted almond shaped eye…it is unbearably clever and fun…just what an ad should be.

Campari soda was first produced in 1930 and became the first pre-mixed drink sold world-wide. Its famous bottle was designed by none other than Italian Futurist Fortunato Depero and described as an upside down goblet. Surrealist fashion illustrator Franz Marangolo created an image that would position it solidly in the minds of a new generation: “It runs (keeps up) with the times (corre col tempo!)” His superb ads for the Fiat 500 and 600 were equally successful.

This handsome Object Poster by Mingozzi smartly plays on this theme, focusing only on the bottle and its interplay with a goblet in front of it. No tagline is necessary.

View more Campari Posters here!

Gallery News

New Exhibition: Influential by Design: The Swiss Poster’s Impact on the Modern World

Most people are surprised to learn that there are more 20th century poster masterpieces from Switzerland than any other country. There are many reasons: an international tradition which absorbed and often mimicked the best of its neighbors; a vigorous national program to promote the poster and its printers; and a series of great teachers who advanced the art of the poster.  The Swiss poster had its roots in the travel poster as it became a popular travel destination at the turn of the century.  Characteristic Swiss poster styles are the Sachplakat, or Object Poster, as well as the International Typographic Style which became the predominant graphic design style in the world from the Fifties into the Seventies and continues to exert its influence today.

Influential by Design: The Swiss Poster’s Impact on the Modern World explores Swiss design’s leadership in creating a graphic vocabulary for the complex, global realities of modern society.  The exhibition begins with a backdrop of early Swiss posters, including ski, travel, transportation and product posters by leading Swiss poster designers Otto Baumberger, Emil Cardinaux, Herbert Leupin, and Niklaus Stoecklin.

The show then focuses on the remarkable flowering of Swiss graphic design in the Fifties – a new style heavily reliant on typography to create a universal language of design.  Simple, clear and harmonious, it would become the leading language of the increasingly global postwar marketplace, from institutions and international exhibitions to packaging and traffic design.

As part of Boston Design Week, International Poster Gallery is hosting an event on March 26 in collaboration with swissnex Boston, including a gallery tour with Chris Pullman, artist, designer, poster collector and former Vice President for Design and Branding for WGBH.  The program accompanies a one-day exhibition and sale of poster masterpieces drawn from the Gallery’s world-leading Swiss collection.

Browse all of our Swiss posters here and browse more of our Swiss poster favorites on Pinterest.

Poster History

Mele selling iPads?!

vintage poster, Metlicovitz, Mele

Poster Mystery #1 – How did a department store in Italy start selling iPads in 1904?

| Leopoldo Metlicovitz,  E. & A. Mele & Ci., 1904 |


Gallery News

Happy New Year!

vintage poster, Mather Work Incentive, New Year

Wishing you and yours a happy, prosperous 2013!

Gallery News

Vintage Poster Holiday Gift Guide

vintage poster, Whisky Time

We love the simplicity and winter whimsy of this Mid-Century Swiss poster.  The price – just $375 – makes it twice as nice and perhaps the perfect holiday gift for the design lover on your list.

Looking for even more gift giving inspiration?  Visit our Tumblr gift guide, where we’re posting ideas under $1000 daily throughout the holidays.

Gallery News

Winter Wanderlust – Holiday Poster Show

Vintage Poster Exhibit - Winter Wanderlust

Do you have Winter Wanderlust?

Vintage posters for exotic vacation destinations and a selection of general works are on display at International Poster Gallery just in time for the holidays! From the sun-drenched French Riviera to the icy peaks of the Alps, there’s something for everyone in the gallery’s 19th annual holiday poster exhibition.

Winter Wanderlust is free and open to the public, and is on view December 1 – January 30 at our Newbury Street Gallery.  We hope to see you there!

Poster of the Day

Happy Thanksgiving!

vintage poster, Mather Work Incentive

Artist Unknown, "Let Us Be Thankful!" (Mather Work Incentive), 1929

Best wishes for a wonderful Thanksgiving from Interntional Poster Gallery!

| View all Mather Work Incentive posters here. |

Gallery News

Hurricane Sandy Red Cross Disaster Relief Donation

Red Cross Hurricane Sandy

International Poster Gallery wishes to express its deep concern for all of those affected by Hurricane Sandy.  Our thoughts are with you in the days and weeks of rebuilding ahead.

To show our support, 10% of the proceeds* from gallery-owned merchandise purchased from now until next Tuesday, November 6th will be donated to the American Red Cross Hurricane Sandy Disaster Relief Fund.

vintage Red Cross posters

*For consigned items, 10% of the gallery’s commission will be donated. This cannot be combined with other offers.
View all Red Cross posters here.

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Staff Favorite: Fritz Buhler’s “Merrent 40 Jahre – Basel”

vintage poster, Buhler Merrent

The liberation of fashion in the early Sixties is clear in this vibrant poster by leading Swiss poster artist Fritz Buhler.  His poster for a Basel clothier’s 40th anniversary is emphatic in announcing a new age of bold patterns and technicolor tones, a rich symphony of shapes and color that would go fully psychedelic three years later during the Summer of Love.  But for now, the grace and elegance of Jackie Kennedy is still strongly present, making this a true Mad Men “Swinging Sixties” fashion statement.  The color is not to be believed!

The Merrent has quickly become a staff favorite and is currently on display in the gallery’s Mid-Century Modern exhibit: Global Persuasion.