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Poster, Circus, Le Grand Cirque ’57, Marcel Vertes, Paris, 1957


Marcel Vertès (1895-1961) (after)
Au Palais des Sports, Le Grand Cirque ’57
Val D’Osne, Paris: 1957
41 x 56.5 inches

Circus poster with a bright red border and stars framing a playful illustration of a clown and three white horses. It was designed by Marcel Vertès, a prominent fashion illustrator and designer of costumes, sets and textiles, active from the 1930s through 1950s.

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Born in Hungary, Marcel Vertès divided his time between New York and Paris. He illustrated ads for the couturier Elsa Schiaparelli, and also worked for the major fashion magazines such as Harper’s Bazaar and Vogue. Vertès worked as a designer on seven films winning two Academy Awards for the film Moulin Rouge (1952), for Artistic Direction and for Costume Design. In 1956 he designed the costumes and props for the Ringling Brothers’ Circus. He also created original murals for New York City’s Carlyle Hotel and Waldorf Astoria Hotel.

Inscriptions: Signed in matrix “Vertès” upper right” Imp. Val D’Osne – Ent. 26-32″ lower left. Numbered “432” right margin.

Condition: B+. Generally very good with the usual overall light toning, wear, handling. Formerly folded, as issued, with minor scattered abrasions along the folds; few small unobtrusive restored abrasions and restoration in margins and image; repaired pinholes in corners; now as linen backed.


“History of Poster Art (c. 1860-1980).” Encyclopedia of Art. (26 April 2016).

“Marcel Vertès.” Wikipedia. 1 August 2020. (29 September 2020).

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20th Century