Beautiful Macabre: Rare and Peculiar Posters 1862-1973 [Softcover]


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      Over seventy extremely rare and peculiar posters from the Century Guild archive are collected in Beautiful Macabre, the second book in Century Guild's ongoing poster book series. Sinister and sensual artworks spanning from 1862 to 1973 are shown in full color images, alongside historical commentary from historian and museum director Thomas Negovan. 

      Posters topics include war, social hygiene, venereal diseases / STIs / STDs (notably syphilis), and advertisements for everything from automobiles to film.

      While the internet is a magnificent repository of data, at Century Guild we still love curling up with books!  And many–if not most–of the images presented here are not available on the internet at all. Each image was captured from the original artwork, professionally photographed and meticulously color corrected, and printed for you to enjoy at the highest resolution possible.

      5.5" x 8.5" softcover, 88 pp full color throughout

      The Century Guild Museum of Art is dedicated to providing a historical context to popular culture, primarily by exhibiting Art Nouveau and Symbolist artworks 1880-1920. Founded in 1999 as an art gallery, the Century Guild mission has always been preservation, inspiration, and education. Our exhibitions and publications work to create a bridge of understanding between the late 19th century and the present, one notable example being the exhibition of museum-level Art Nouveau to over 100,000 art lovers annually attending San Diego Comic Con. Works previously in the Century Guild collection have been displayed in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Art Institute of Chicago, The Detroit Institute of Art, and LACMA. 


      Beautiful Macabre: Rare and Peculiar Posters 1862-1971 is the second volume in our ongoing poster art series. Transcendent Luxury: German Art Deco Poster Masterpieces 1912-1927 and Flowering Lines: Rare Art Nouveau Graphics 1883-1911 are available here:

      Some of the images in this volume are also available as medium-resolution prints here:

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