Tadeusz Trepkowski


The largely self-taught Tadeusz Trepkowski favored a deceptively simple poster aesthetic, seen in the stunning 1948 hand-printed film poster "Last Stage," a stirring drama of survival and tragedy in the camps. Understanding that the poster's street display does not offer a locale for pause, the artist draws on the viewer's vast and often hidden store of associational images. This quintessential Trepkowski poster evokes a quiet and eloquent note as the bent red carnation -a traditional flower of remembrance in Poland- casts a shadow on the striped prison garb, with the infamous nature of the camps also recalled in the identification patch and number. No narrative is required in a nation where simple objects historically take on symbolic meaning.

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