Leonetto Cappiello Poster - Contratto


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Size: 50x70 cm / 20x28″

  • 50x70 cm / 20x28″
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Within the panorama of early 20th-century design, Leonetto Cappiello stands as a pioneering figure, revolutionizing the world of advertisement with his distinctive touch. One such iconic creation is the "Contratto" poster, a vibrant tribute to the celebrated Italian aperitif brand, marrying vintage charm with timeless design.

Cappiello’s “Contratto” is an immediate burst of energy. With its exuberant central figure, holding aloft a bubbling glass, surrounded by popping corks and radiant fizz, it perfectly encapsulates the effervescence of the beverage it represents. The genius, however, is not just in the depiction but in the simplicity and directness. Amidst the clamor of various advertisements vying for attention, "Contratto" demands it—thanks to Cappiello's inimitable use of bold colors and caricature.

Drawing inspiration from Art Nouveau, the curves, contours, and forms in the poster are fluid and organic, but with a modern twist. While the movement typically celebrated soft palettes and intricate designs, Cappiello's take, especially in "Contratto," is brash, bright, and unapologetically bold. This divergence was not just a stylistic choice but a strategic one, ensuring the poster's visibility from a distance, vital for the bustling urban landscapes it was designed for.

Historically, "Contratto" emerges at an interesting junction. The early 1900s marked the evolution of brand communication. With growing urbanization and the rise of consumer culture, advertisement wasn't just informative but persuasive. Posters, specifically, were the Instagram ads of their time. And in this realm, Cappiello was a game-changer. His approach to design was grounded in immediate visual impact, making products memorable and desirable. The "Contratto" poster, in this context, isn't just art—it's a masterclass in branding.

One can't delve into "Contratto" without acknowledging its roots in Italian poster art. Italy, in the 20th century, was a fertile ground for graphic design. The country's rich artistic legacy met modern sensibilities, giving birth to posters that were not just advertisements but cultural artifacts. Cappiello, with his French-Italian background, was at this intersection, infusing his works with an Italian zest and French finesse.

Leonetto Cappiello's "Contratto" is a celebration of an era, a brand, and the sheer power of design. It captures the zeitgeist of the 20th-century consumer landscape, while also standing as a testament to Cappiello's visionary approach to advertisement. This poster, with its vivid colors, dynamic composition, and unmistakable Cappiello charm, ensures that the fizz of Contratto—and the brilliance of early 20th-century design—continues to bubble through time.

Museum-quality poster made on long-lasting semi-glossy (silk) paper.

- Paper-weight: 170 gsm / 65 lb. 

- Shipped in sturdy packaging protecting the poster. 

Frame not included.

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      Leonetto Cappiello Poster - Contratto

      50x70 cm / 20x28″
      50x70 cm / 20x28″