ART Lost & Found … (No. 64)

Posted by on 22. Juli 2012
Puhonny

The sales are as high as the palm tree ...

Puhonny

... getting better every year from 1903 to 1909 ...

Puhonny

... and don't leap in the dark, eat Palmin!

Puhonny was born 1876 in Germany, he went to Paris very early, saw what Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec achieved by lending his genius to popular products and made him the hero of his live. Ivo Puhonny worked for a score of industrial firms, illustrated advertisements for cigarettes, liquor, frying fat and automobiles. But he was dangerously depressive, suffered creative blocks from time to time, especially when the Nazis came to power in 1933 (who didn’t like him) and his mostly jewish friends disappeared. Puhonny tried to treat himself and became one of the most celebrated puppeteers of his time, working even for the carnival processions in Germany, founding string puppet theaters for children – and died with 64 in a sanatorium. I show you here three advertisements Puhonny did 1910 for Palmin, a palm oil fat which was popular then, and which I discovered in the long gone magazine „Kolonien und Heimat“ (Colonies & Homeland). Oh, and have a close look: Puhonny always signed his artwork, even advertisements …

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