Size: 26.25 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.
About Vladimir Majakowski (Mayakovsky) :Mayakovsky became renowned as a prominent figure of the Russian Futurist movement in the period before 1917, movement, and was among the signers of the Futurist manifesto, Mayakovsky produced a large and diverse body of work during the course of his career: he wrote poems, wrote and directed plays, appeared in films, edited arts journals, and created agitprop posters in support of the Communist party during the Russian Civil War.
In 1930 Mayakovsky committed suicide. Even after death his relationship with the Soviet state remained unsteady. Though Mayakovsky had previously been harshly criticized by Soviet governmental bodies, posthumously Stalin declared Mayakovsky "the best and the most talented poet of our Soviet epoch."
Overall A- condition. Minor damage on poster, please see photos below.