• Diane M Kellogg

Sketch Pad - February 4, 2021


A Quick Look at the Art of the Movie Poster.


Quite often art enters our lives from sources we don't even think about. In the past, movie posters were often artist's versions of the actors and/or the theme of the movie.

Movie poster for 'Please Don't Eat the Daisies' - 1960, Incorporates artwork by Reynold Brown.


The rich history of movie posters starts as far back as the 1870s in Paris. A printing technique was created by artist Jules Cheret which would find its way into the motion picture industry.

Movie poster for 'Tarzan of the Apes' - 1918


The first movie poster is thought to be for a silent movie made in 1895, L’Arroseur Arrosé.


Movie Poster for L'Arroseur Arrosé, 1895, Incorporates artwork by Marcellin Auzolle.


From the golden age of Hollywood and the silent movie era of the 1920s to the current run of today's high tech visual storytelling, we have the movie poster to advertise and guide us in our desire for entertainment.

Movie poster for 'The Music Man' - 1962, Incorporates artwork by Bill Gold.


Truly works of art, regardless of their nature...be it hand-drawn and printed as in the past or computer-generated, as many today are, movie posters are worth a closer look.

Movie poster for 'The Jazz Singer ' 1927


Learn more at ... https://postercollector.co.uk/articles/history-of-movie-posters/

All Photo Credits - Wikimedia Commons - Public Domain


Quote of the Day -

“A hunch is creativity trying to tell you something.” Frank Capra





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