The demand for vintage posters has steadily risen through the years due to the scarcity in the market and the high value pinned on them. But aside from being a collector’s fancy, vintage posters are also popular because of the aesthetic appeal that they bring to the overall decoration of any room. The classical feel that they imbue is an impressive staple to many types of establishments – be it restaurants, museums, cinema houses, or homes.
Looking at it from the bird’s eye view, one can discern that the fascination for vintage posters is far from reaching its apex. In fact, the demand for them is still increasing, which is partly caused by the availability of the World Wide Web. Use the words “vintage posters” on Google, and you’ll see an amazing amount of leads – most of them sites that offer to buy and sell vintage posters.
There are popular museums that showcase a score of authentic vintage posters, such as the Louvre in Paris, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Museum of Modern in New York, and the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C. Going to the internet is also a great way to look for vintage posters.
Vintage posters can be divided into two types. The first one is the authentic vintage poster, which is the original copy itself. These posters are very expensive because of the low supply in the market and among collectors. In fact, the older the poster is, the pricier it gets.
Can you imagine stumbling upon an original poster that came directly from France and dating back in the 19th century? Finding posters that existed in the time of the legendary poster maker, Jules Cheret, is quite a hard task, since most were utterly ravaged by time and environmental hazards. Posters that were created in the 19th century simply didn’t have the advantage of the print-and-paper technology that we are currently using.
The second type of vintage poster is one that is called “vintage” not because of its age, but rather on the basis of its style. A lot of artists today are focusing solely on vintage art. Go to an art gallery or baroque inspired establishments, and chances are you’ll see vintage style art pieces adorning the walls. Artists like Julia Head, Dennis Loren, Eugene Grasset, and Kenneth Shoesmith are just some of my favorites.
Fact is, you don’t need to be a hands-on artist nowadays to create a turn-of-the-century vintage piece because of the availability of software such as Adobe Photoshop. But of course, true creative talent also translates into the final result, whether you do the poster hands-on or through the computer.
Vintage posters are popular and enduring because it’s a piece of artwork that brings out associations from a bygone era. Anything that is archaic in nature brings out an ineffable fascination, or the sensation of actually going back in time. Nostalgia is an emotion that is deeply imbued in art, and vintage artwork is something that can elicit them in big doses.