Size: 8.5 x 11.5 inches
About The Poster: From a magnificent book of Hohlwein's works, published in the early 1920s.
The introduction for the book reads as follows: Born in Munich, Germany in July, 1871, he started his professional career as an architect, but in 1895, induced by his love of color and the desire to produce colorful posters, he deserted his profession to begin a new career as a poster designer. Immediately, he established an enviable reputation and was soon recognized as the leader of his field. He has retained this distinction and today is considered not only the foremost poster designer in Germany, but one of the best in the world. During the long period of activity in which he produced many hundreds of posters, he has hardly ever failed to produce a thing of beauty and charm. His compositions are always striking and original, his colour harmonies unusual and superb, and his technique at once recognizable and inimitable. Undoubtedly, many of his productions bear the distinctive mark of an architect, while others are endowed with the qualities of mural decor, while still others denote the frequency with which he has been influenced by Japanese prints. Throughout his entire career as poster artist, he successfully maintained a high standard of excellence in his work. His versatility seems unbounded. One need only glance through the present collection of his works to realize and appreciate the remarkable and charming qualities of the modern decorative poster designer, Ludwig Hohlwein. This volume was owned by the General Society of Mechanics and Tradesmen of New York who for some unknown reason stamped each page of the book with their seal. I have attempted to photograph each plate well and to show where the seal shows on the plate - if at all. The plates are all in pristine condition, with no foxing or tearing.