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'Edison the Man' Original Vintage Movie Poster, Russian, 1944

$3,256.98

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An exceptionally rare and beautiful stone lithograph poster by A. Vasileev for the first Russian release of 'Edison, the Man' in 1944. The film was the second of a pair of complementary biopics released by MGM in 1940, spanning the life of legendary inventory Thomas Edison. 'Young Tom Edison,' starring Mickey Rooney, was released two months earlier and told the story of Edison's youth, while 'Edison, the Man' starred Spencer Tracey in a thought-provoking, albeit somewhat fictionalized, portrait of the mature inventor throughout his most creative period. Demonstrating the influence of the Avant Garde Constructivist posters of the 1920s Bolshevik period, with their abstract composition, juxtaposition of scale and vivid, contrasting tones, the vast disembodied portrait of Rita Johnson as Edison's wife Mary Stillwell dominates the composition, looming over a dynamic illustration of the inventor at work, against a palette reminiscent of the American flag. Surviving posters from the time of the Great Patriotic War, as the Russians refer to WWII, are extremely rare, due to severe wartime paper shortages which meant that the majority of poster paper was recycled or reused, on top of which very few posters made it out of Soviet Russia after WWII due to the Cold War.

Details

  • Dimensions
    Height: 29.75 in. (75.57 cm)Width: 21 in. (53.34 cm)Depth: 0.1 in. (2.54 mm)
  • Style
    Mid-Century Modern (Of the Period)
  • Materials and Techniques
  • Place of Origin
  • Period
  • Date of Manufacture
    1944
  • Condition
    Additions or alterations made to the original: Conservation backed on linen. Backing has smoothed and diminished one vertical and two horizontal folds, minor nicks and creases to corners and edges and a minor 0.63 in. tear to right margin. A minor restoration to tip of lower left corner. Wear consistent with age and use. Slight discolouration to white ground around folds. Image and colours otherwise excellent. Unframed. Will be shipped rolled.
  • Seller Location
    Devon, GB
  • Reference Number
    Seller: F001501stDibs: LU4110320435992

Shipping & Returns

  • Shipping
    $65 Express Shipping
    to Continental US, arrives in 4-7 days.
    We recommend this shipping type based on item size, type and fragility.
    Ships From: Devon, United Kingdom
  • Return Policy

    A return for this item may be initiated within 14 days of delivery.

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