The Hidden Fortress by Luigi Martinati (I.N.D.I.E.F., 1959...Click the image to load the highest resolution version.
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DescriptionThe Hidden Fortress by Luigi Martinati (I.N.D.I.E.F., 1959). Fine/Very Fine. Signed Original Gouache Painting Italian Poster Artwork on Paper (18" X 26").
Born in Italy in 1893, by the time Luigi Martinati was in his late teens he was working in the world of advertising in Rome. His first movie poster efforts were from the early 1920s, but he didn't hit his stride until the early 1930s. Known today as one of the masters of Italian movie posters artists, he and his contemporaries, Anselmo Ballester, Alfredo Capitani, Brini, and others would create the greatest of poster art from the 1930s through the 1950s. Martinati's main contribution to the art was the use of the large portrait of the star as the central element and surrounded by smaller scenic vignettes, as so brilliantly seen in this art. Created for the Italian 2 - fogli, this gouache painting shows Toshiro Mifune in full force with lovely portrait of Misa Uehara as Princess Yuki in the background. Signs of usage include corner creases, foxing in the borders, and a few small tears. There are a couple of tears above Mifune's head that have been braced with a couple of strips of archival tape on the verso. Original Italian art of this period is very scarce and rarely seen at auction.
Estimate: $4,000 - $8,000.
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