Sunday, 29 April 2012

M Duse - Graphic Artist

It started with a postcard that I found in a box of bits at a local bric a brac shop - Striking graphics and an interesting subject and signed M Duse ?? What and Who

There is something vaguely Stalinist about this design, it reminds me of the Russian poster with "workers" tending the fields with new tractors, waving big red flags with hammers and sickles emblazoned across them. You can almost here the Shostakovich being play at the opening of the conference.

Apparently the "Internationale Socialista" was established in 1951 as a worldwide organization of democratic socialist, social democratic and labour political parties. Whose first president was the British politician and General Secretary of the Labour Party; Morgan Phillips (1902-1963). This graphic postcard advertises it's second annual Conference in Milano.

But who was the artist ? It is signed M Duse in the top right corner - but no other clues.

Not much to find - after a bit of googling I was able to find other graphic works by this artist but no biographical details, other than that he was an Italian. Pictures, posters and advertisment dating from the late 1930's through the 1940's to the early 1950's. Like so many commercial artist their only legacy is the work they created - unless a relative happens to be reading this, then I doubt we will ever know more !!

Toothpaste adverts. 

He created a series of poster in the early 1940's during Italy's Mussolini period. These too have a strong graphic quality similar to my Socialist postcard. Designs inspired by both ends of the political spectrum. 

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