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Carlu, Jean [artist]:
[Vintage World War II Poster:] GIVE 'EM BOTH BARRELS
Washington, DC: Division of Information / Office of Emergency Management, [1942].. Washington, DC: Division of Information / Office of Emergency Management, [1942].. Oblong folio broadside (15 x 20.25"; 38 x 51 cm). Photolithographed in color, and signed in the plate in lower left corner. Neatly folded in quarters. Minute breaks at tips of horizontal fold, with slight discoloration in right margin at fold terminus, otherwise a fine, fresh example. One of the most enduring graphic designs for the US war effort, accomplished by one of the leading French poster artists of the 20th century. Carlu (1900-1997) came to the United States to organize an exhibition at the New York World’s Fair on behalf of the French Information Service. But after Paris was captured by the Germans, he stayed in the US, and executed designs for several of the most important posters for the US Division of Information. His style, which early on exhibited a nurturing of the influence of Cubism, lent itself to clients as wide ranging as Chateau Mouton-Rothschild, Théâtre Pigalle, Cinzano, Perrier, Pan Am and Air France. With Cassandre and Paul Colin, Jean Carlou stood at the apex of 20th century poster art. This poster was printed in two sizes, the present format and in 30x40" format.
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