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Black – what hides inside

Everyone has a favourite colour – mine is black. Black is fascinating, perhaps because it has many meanings that can be juxtaposed. In western cultures and in Poland it is associated with sadness and mourning – it is the simplest connotation. It is also the colour of elegance, luxury, independence and power. In China black symbolizes happiness, …

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Michał Batory – projekty okładek

Michal Batory’s exhibition in Warsaw – book covers

Michał Batory is one of the most appreciated poster artists in the world. He studied at Academy of Fine Arts in Łódź, but for many years now he has been living and working in Paris. His art was even exhibited in Louvre, making him the second Pole in history presented in that gallery. Not everyone knows, however, …

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Kiryk Drewinski - plakaty

Psychedelic style in graphic design

Psychedelic style was a characteristic and easily recognizable style of the second half of the 60s. It referred both to music and visual art. Its development was influenced mainly by the hippie movement (Flower Power ideology), pacifism and interest in the culture of Far East – mostly Buddhism. The term “psychedelic music” was first used …

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Ofelia - obraz Johna Everetta Millaisa

Beautiful Ophelia – the poetic motif of death

The imagery of drowning Ophelia has always inspired artists. Judging by the amount of pictures on the Internet, featuring all kinds of drowning females, I have a feeling the theme is constantly becoming more and more popular among young drawers. The pictures I’m talking about are usually more or less successful attempts at digital painting. …

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Twins in art

The theme of twins emerges every now and then in various genres of visual arts. Depicting two, nearly identical and yet different characters leaves a big room for interpretation, it is also fascinating in terms of psychology – to such extent that in time, twins started to be associated with evil and demons. First of …

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okładka „London Calling” The Clash, Banksy

Story behind the ‘London Calling’ cover

It all began on the 20th September 1979. On that day, in Palladium club in New York took place the concert of a British rock group, The Clash. During the concert, the upset bassist wrecked his guitar on the scene, and the moment was captured on photography by Pennie Smith. Thanks to this photo, one …

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From surrealism to the world famous CD cover

The most distinguished artist connected with surrealism is surely Salvador Dali, yet in my opinion far more interesting paintings were created by Rene Magritte. He was humble and elegant, surely not as attention-seeking as eccentric Dali. In his paintings we can see mysterious characters next to strange objects or imaginary backgrounds. Magritte was a very …

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Erté „Nil”

Retro-elegance: the return to Art Déco

In my last post I mentioned that ‘Wiener Werkstätte’ had a direct influence on the development of art déco. This style flourished between 1919-1939 and involved painting, architecture, sculpture, graphics and also small items of everyday use about which I would like to expand on today. The ‘art déco’ term derives from French art décoratif …

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