Swierzy, Waldemar

1980 Original Polish Jazz poster, Louis Armstrong

$150.00
  • 1980 Original Polish Jazz poster, Louis Armstrong

Swierzy, Waldemar

1980 Original Polish Jazz poster, Louis Armstrong

$150.00

Date: 1980
Size: 26.75 x 38.25 inches

About the artist: Born in 1931, Waldemar Swierzy studied at the Cracow Academy of Fine Arts. Of him, Wikipedia claims him as "one of the Polish School of Posters' most prolific artists, having created over 2500 posters. He employed unusual concepts with a variety of techniques, frequently mirroring Polish social history from 1950s through 1980s, with a myriad of styles: folk art from the 50s, pop art from the 60s, portraits from the 70s, and TV images from the 80s. In addition, his Jazz Greats series of famous American jazz personalities became so well known that he reissued them in his later years as signed lithographs. The series includes: Louis Armstrong, Ray Charles, jimi Hendrix, Charles Mingus, and Charlie Parker, among others."

About the Poster:  Beginning in the 1950s and through the 1980s, the Polish School of Posters combined the aesthetics of painting with the succinctness and simple metaphor of the poster. It developed characteristics such as painterly gesture, linear quality, and vibrant colors, as well as a sense of individual personality, humor, and fantasy. It was in this way that the Polish poster was able to make the distinction between designer and artist less apparent.

A poster for the jazz great Louis Armstrong.  Armstrong was the most important creative force in the early development and perpetuation of America's music, jazz. His influence, as an artist and cultural icon, is universal, unmatched, and very much alive today.

Louis Armstrong was born in New Orleans in the Storyville District known as "the Battlefield" on August 4, 1901. He left school at the 5th grade to help support his family. He sang on street corners, sold newspapers and delivered coal.

Through the years, Louis entertained millions, from heads of state and royalty to the kids on his stoop in Corona. Despite his fame, he remained a humble man and lived a simple life in a working-class neighborhood. To this day, everyone loves Louis Armstrong - just the mention of his name makes people smile.

Poster is in excellent condition.