Size: 26.25 x 38.25 inches
Artist: Maciej Urbaniec
Contemporary Polish circus posters emerged in the early 1960s as a genre of the Polish School of posters. They are characterized by their display of aesthetic qualities such as strong colors, metaphors, animals, humor and linear designs. They are usually based on a single theme and not meant to be advertisements - more like an attempt to interest the passerby in an upcoming circus. Circus posters, whether Polish or American, are considered highly collectible and with images as strong as these, we can certainly see why.
This particular poster shows two monkeys side by side, one of which has his arm thrown around the other's shoulder. They seem to be laughing and having a grand ole time - this lightheartedness is typical of Maciej Urbaniec's style.
Urbaniec is a graphical time traveler, his art representing a mixture of different eras and styles. Inspired by some historical facts, he refers to the interwar avant-garde: geometry combined with photography, colors are reduced to black, white and red. His style conveys simple and powerful messages, often with the use of ingenious and humorous devices as well as painterly gestures with exceptionally elaborate metaphors. Poster is unlined with small tears along the top and upper left margin, and signs of wear on the lower left corner (see photos).