Swiss Travel Poster 1913

Screen Shot 2016-10-19 at 11.09.45 AMHere is a lovely Swiss travel poster, for the Bellevue Hotel, from 1913.

I love the flat colour and geometric symplification of the tweed sports coat and breeches. That comes from Ludwig Hohlwein’s designs from a bit earlier, and from the Japanese coloured woodcuts of ukio-e…and Toulouse Lautrec.

Screen Shot 2016-10-19 at 11.41.41 AMI noticed that Hohlwein made a poster for the sports outfitters, Isidor Bach, in Munich, that shows a group of tourists on the railway platform…Later during the 1960s, these elements become part of the visual language of comic books – especially in the work of Hugo Pratt and Guido Crepax…

Pratt-corto1Here are some more Hohlwein’s


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