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    Ziegfeld Follies (MGM, 1945). Original Aris Bacci Gouache Poster Concept (15" X 20").
    Aris Bacci, (b.1894, Bologna - d.1948, New York City), appears to have led quite an exciting life. He worked for Parisian lithographers and publishers during WWI, and while in Paris met Ettore Bugatti. He would become artistic advisor and advertising director to Mr. Bugatti, even influencing design ideas for the famed Bugatti line. By the late 1920s he was in Hollywood, first at Warner Brothers, doing preparatory sketches for film posters, as well as scenography layouts and storyboards. In 1936 he became enamored by the jazz scene in New York City and was involved in one of the top jazz clubs, befriending and painting many of the musical greats...Count Basie, Louis Armstrong, etc. He was known primarily as a "futuristic" painter, and his designs in those lines appear very modern indeed. This particular piece was either for a poster concept or for ad purposes for MGM's Ziegfeld Follies. This gouache painting is dated by Bacci, 1946. As the film didn't have its wide release until April of 1946, it's very possible this concept was done in Jan-Feb of that year. It's a fascinating piece of art, direct from the MGM art department, and extremely unique, given Bacci's diverse background. There are only some light wrinkles in the lower left corner of the art. Very Fine.

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