Thursday, February 22, 2018

The Beggarstaffs. A lesson in simplicity.

The Beggarstaffs (Sir William Nicholson, English, 1872-1949 & James Pryde, Scottish, 1866-1941) Under the pseudonym, they virtually created the modern poster, with clear outlines and large areas of flat color.

What's the Beggarstaffs' secret?

1- cut and paste (yes, scissors and colored paper)
2- flat treatment of form, silhouette of 
3- stylized simplification of shape, 
4- Japanese-like handling of perspective (with no influence of Toulouse Lautrec and of the Nabis),