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Henryk Tomaszewski

(1914—2005)


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(1914–2005)

A leading Polish poster designer whose work did much to provide a sense of cultural identity in Poland in the decades following the end of the Second World War, Tomaszewski was the major driving force behind the international recognition of Polish poster art to which he contributed with his characteristically simple, witty, and distinctive style. He studied at Warsaw Academy of Fine Arts from 1934 to 1939, becoming a freelance graphic designer in the years immediately following the end of the Second World War. He then became the head of poster design at Warsaw Academy of Fine Art in 1951, a professor of graphic design from 1955, his work in posters, book illustration, and stage design proving highly influential. He was a prizewinner at the São Paolo Poster Biennale in 1963 and a frequent winner at the Warsaw Poster Biennale, established in 1964. He was a member of AGI (Alliance Graphique Internationale) and elected as an Honorary Royal Designer for Industry in 1975.

Subjects: Industrial and Commercial Art.


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