Beggarstaff Brothers & Saul Bass
The artists who have recently caught my attention are Saul Bass and the Beggarstaff Brothers. They were very similar in style as their art was simple but communicated information efficiently. Saul Bass and the Beggarstaff Brothers designed posters, which included simple images and few words. The Beggarstaff Brothers' work was that of English Art nouveau and had great influence on the illustration of the 1920s, 30s and 40s.
In the late 19th Century, Toulouse-Lautrec and other French artists were producing excellent posters in France. However this was not the case in Britain, where artists were not producing as influential designs as French artists. A well respected artist called James Pryde, who had studied in Paris, greatly admired French posters and improve British design. He decided to team up with his brother-in-law William Nicolson. Nicolson was also a well respected artist and together they set out to create new posters, inspired by the French avant garde style. Nicolson and Pryde wanted their collaborated work to be anonymous so as not to be confused with their individual work. They also wanted a “good hearty English name” so when they saw Beggarstaff Brothers written on a corn sack, they liked the sound of it. One of their most magnificent pieces was 'Girl on a sofa' from 1895. At the time it was rejected by many but now it is considered one of the periods most outstanding designs. The Beggarstaff Brothers' stripped the design of any unnecessary detail, resulting in a very clear and understandable piece. They collaborated on posters together until 1899. One of the Beggarstaff Brothers' posters that I have found most interesting is A Trip to Chinatown which I think was a play. The lettering was added by Dangerfield, the printer. It is the only poster in which the Beggarstaff Brothers did not sign, because they believed that the lettering was not sophisticated enough. The main visual impact is the lettering...
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