1970s Original Exhibition Poster, Musée des Arts Décoratifs "Cinquantenaire Paris 1925"

Date: 1970s
Size:  16 x 23.5 inches
Notes: Poster, Linen Backed
Artist: Robert Bonfils (After)

This original exhibition poster from the Musée des Arts Décoratifs was for 50th anniversary show held in Paris in the 1970s. It features a miniature version of a poster originally designed by Robert Bonfils for the 1925 Paris Expo.

Of the 1925 World Fair: "This exhibition epitomized what came to be called decades later "Art Deco," a "modern" style characterized by a streamlined classicism, geometric and symmetric compositions, and a sleek machine-age look. The Exposition poster, by Robert Bonfils, imitating the look of a woodblock print, featured a modern athletic nymph and a racing gazelle."

The 'modern athletic nymph' is actually a reference to Diana, a goddess of Roman mythology associated with woodland and wild animals, and hunting. According to Tag Gronberg, she symbolized the new modern woman: healthy, fast-moving, and light on her feet - appropriate characteristics for the athletic and fashionable. (Read more here!)