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Poster child: Franciszek Starowieyski, 1930-2009

 

 

When a Hollywood producer talks about reducing a movie concept to a poster, he or she probably wasn’t thinking of the work of Franciszek Andrzej Bobola Biberstein-Starowieyski. The great Polish painter, graphic artist and poster designer died February 23 at the age of 79.  Many Polish film posters transcend the genre with their nightmarish, black comic imagery and visual wit, but Starowieyski  was the doyen of them all, his work evocative of Hieronymous Bosch, Francis Bacon and, inevitably, Salvador Dali

"I want to create a world which is independent from our notions of humanity," he said. With that philosophy in mind,  I wonder what kind of poster he would have made of, say, the “Jonas Brothers 3-D” movie.

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