Designed to Sell: 100 Years of Poster Art from the Collection

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North Wing Corridor
Through September 23, 2016

A colorful, exuberant selection of 26 advertising posters from the heyday of late 19th -early 20th century European graphic design combined with fine later examples up to 1975.  French, Italian, British, Belgian, Spanish and Cuban artists designed these works inspired by the Art Nouveau and Art Deco movements at the turn of the last century and many of the principles of their designs were emulated throughout the 20th century.  Beautiful women, robust men and breathtaking scenery are combined with elegant, stylized lettering to create eye-catching examples of the beginnings of our modern idea of attractive design used to sell a product, vacation destination, entertainment event or call to public service.