Blase, Karl Oskar
born 1925 in cologne
poster of the exhibition Werbepackung in Amerika
1954 ( november 01 - 30 )
84 cm x 59 cm
order no. 14220
Regarding the design of posters for the America Houses Karl Oskar Blase noted that the Americans imposed no rules on their creative
or graphic design, giving him completely free rein. Only the themes were specified. They were "... American themes that were to familiarise
Germans with the US democratic structure and understanding of culture” ( see interview in the catalogue: Blase, 1995, p. 290 et seq.). Only ten years after the end of the war this creative freedom enabled the artist to produce an out-standingly well-designed, progressive poster.
Lit.:Blase, Karl Oskar, Grafik Design von 49 bis 95, Ausstellungskatalog Deutsches Plakatmuseum Essen 1995, S. 37
See also our catalogue 'From Arp to Pollock': Art and exhibition posters in France and Germany 1945-1960, Köln 2016
Karl Oskar Blase, born 1925 in Cologne, pathbreaking german graphic artist, studies in graphic and painting in Wuppertal (Germany), art dicector (together with Felix Müller) of the 'Amerikahäuser' in Germany (1952-1958), professor at the Kunsthochschule Kassel (1966-1992), corporate design (poster, catalogue and partly logo) for the documenta 4,5,6,8, design of more than 50 stamps for the German Post (1955-1988), managing board Kasseler Kunstverein (Germany), he designed numerous posters for exhibitions (please have a look in our stock) and institutions (e.g. Atlas Film-Verleih, Staatstheater Kassel, 'form' - Zeitschrift für Gestaltung) and also functional design patterns (e.g. 'Falke Strümpfe', cutlery 'mono'), lives and works in Kassel, Germany.