What is this?
Image consists of an immense gloved hand half covering and obscuring the smiling face of a young woman on the left. Her face is swathed in a unified brown tone that underscores the graphic flatness of the poster. Behind her to the left, a lone ski-lift seat swings above the distant peaks of the Alps at Engleberg, Switzerland, specifically the ski run Trübsee, identified by the sans-serif letters at the upper right. The star motif emblazoned on the glove is subtly echoed by the linear stars that seem to hover at the lower right, across the glove itself and finally, just below the tram in the air at the upper left.
Why is this in our collection?
Herbert Matter was a pioneer in the application of photography in graphic design. Beginning in the 1920s, Matter was sensitive to the manipulative possibilities that the photographic medium held for graphic design. Influenced by the photomontage techniques of John and other German and Russian artists of the Dada school, Matter quickly adopted a visual vocabulary that capitalized on the juxtaposition of images, text, and isolated areas of color or tone. Matter was known for incorporating photomontage into commercial art to produce sophisticated and memorable images. This poster complements the photomontage compositions of the Spanish Civil War posters that we have in the collection. Matter studied with the... more
This object has been included in the following exhibitions: