Vintage Travel Posters Italy
Vintage travel posters italy offer breathtaking images from some of the most iconic places on Earth, inviting you to travel back in time and visit some of your favorite travel destinations worldwide. Navigate the stunning Alps aboard a cog railway, discover Amsterdam and Bruges canals or cross the Mediterranean for Croatia’s Dubrovnik and Split!
Early travel posters were first produced during the late 19th century for train, ship and railway companies and showcase scenic views of destinations or regions with timetables or geographical maps and text encouraging travelers to use their services. Many early posters are considered classic examples of Art Nouveau style featuring central motifs with mountains or seascapes surrounded by flowers trees and buildings; such artists as Leonetto Cappiello, Tom Purvis and Abram Games led this period with work widely displayed in public places.
In the 1930s and 1940s, air travel became increasingly common and transport companies hired prominent painters to design posters for their flights. These lithographs featured serene compositions depicting scenic landscapes linked by golden frames or floral patterns; often including depictions from folklore. Artists like Frank Newbould from Bradford College of Art and Camberwell School of Art along with Daphne Padden were highly respected for their work with LNER (London and North Eastern Railway) and P&O Orient Lines amongst other transport companies as well as numerous others.
After WWII, Italy began reclaiming its former reputation as a leading force of style across every industry imaginable, from fashion and automobile design to poster art. While Italy still had less of a poster mania than France did, many clubs, expositions, publications and galleries supported poster collecting activities. Unfortunately, however, many posters had been destroyed during Fascism when printing warehouses were stripped bare of anything which might reflect bourgeois values – something this country suffered greatly under.
Poster production saw a distinct decrease during the 1950s as offset printing replaced lithography for poster design, becoming less elaborate while reflecting changes in life philosophy and emphasizing sun, sport, and wellbeing themes.
Some artists used a simplified technique to realize their vision, creating posters characterized by vibrant and striking colors. David Klein from Texas studied at Art Center School of Los Angeles before going freelance designing posters for TWA, BOAC and Qantas between the mid 1950s and early 1960s. Jean Even from Paris attended Ecole Boulle des Beaux-Arts before preferring gouache because of its matte colors, speed of drying time and compatibility with light paper; creating stunning geometric style posters like his classic “Aquarius.”