Theaterby Richard N. Roland-Holst
Gysbrecht van Aemstel Play Poster
Stylized poster for a play with an histirical themeThis most expressive , stylized poster for a play with an historical theme conjures an atmosphere of mythotragic iconoclasm. The Dtch economy of space is perfectly demonstrated:not only is the allegorical image constrained by the border, but even within it's space it's further hemmed into a narrow confine. In 1914 , Das Plakat praised Roland-Holst for creating the best designed and best executed posters in Holland. Dooijes and Bratttinga remark that he was an exeptional figure... who for so many years played a leading role in Dutch cultural life-as publicist, as monumental painter and as a designer of stained-glass windows, and finally as Principal of the National College of Art... (He Was) responsible for a facsinating series of theatre posters which, true to his own principle, he always drew on stone himself in a decorative style, strongly influenced by monumental art, but at the same time, consciously 'artistic""