Date: 1970 Size: 13.25 x 19.5 inches Artist: Moretti
About The Poster: "Although the annual pre-Lenten Carnival in Nice gas been attested to since the 13th Century, it is only been in the past 100 years that it has become the grand tourist attraction we know today. For the 1968 celebration local talent, the acclaimed artist Raymond Moretti stylized the Carnival king's masked face to evoke all of the event's fireworks, coloured lights, sequins and merrymaking. The design was so successful that the celebrated painter was chosen to create the promotional poster again in 1970, 1972 and 1973." (Rennert)
This poster is linen-backed and in great condition.
About the Artist: Raymond Moretti was a French painter. He was born in Nice on July 23, 1931 and died in Paris on June 3, 2005. He was born to Italian parents who fled the Fascist Italy of Mussolini. His father was a Tuscan carpenter and anarchist and his mother an Umbrian cleaning lady. Jazz was an important part of the artist's life, and Moretti painted his first important work to the sound of Count Basie playing on a hand-wound phonograph. Ella Fitzgerald, Louis Armstrong and Thelonious Monk all posed for him. The 1960s saw the publication of Moretti Verve, a series of 12 LPs recorded by the greatest names of Jazz, the covers illustrated by the painter. These covers are now collector's items. Moretti adapted the abstract art he used so effectively for jazz illustrations in his art for the Haggadah. He uses color and abstract design together with letters from the Hebrew alphabet to invoke the grandeur of the Exodus from Egypt and to even create the effect of sound in his art.