From Winters Gloom to Summers Joy

Edward McKnight Kauffer American
Printer Vincent Brooks, Day & Son British
Publisher Underground Electric Railways of London British

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Kauffer was admired for creating works for a large public audience that were structured by an avant-garde visual language. The popularity of his posters among a diverse audience, which included artists and cultural producers as well as everyday commuters, inspired the art critic and Grosvenor School professor Frank Rutter to note that Kauffer "accomplished the miracle of introducing Cubism into the railway-stations and hoarding[s] of England." In this vibrant poster, Kauffer depicted the transition from winter to summer through layered planes of color, hard-edged forms, and stark contrasts between the dark tones of winter and the brighter colors of summer. Exemplifying this seasonal shift is a figure who appears first on the left, shrouded in a heavy black coat and hat, and then again in the center, outfitted in white sports clothes and tennis racquet.

From Winters Gloom to Summers Joy, Edward McKnight Kauffer (American, Great Falls, Montana 1890–1954 New York), Lithograph

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