Vampyr (Vereinigte Star Films, 1932). Original Poster Concept Artwork by Erik Aaes (6.5" X 8.75") .
    We're very excited to offer one of the only surviving original artifacts from director Carl Theodor Dreyer's 1932 landmark silent/sound horror film, Vampyr. The artwork is by noted Danish art director and set designer, Erik Aaes, who designed many theatre productions in Berlin in the 1920s, as well as designing sets in Paris for the avant gardists Jean Renoir and Alberto Cavalcanti. Returning to Denmark in the early 1930s he would art direct and production design some seventy features and shorts. This piece of artwork was one of the concept drawings for the poster art to be used when the film was first distributed. What is important, is that although a poster was never realized from this concept, this artwork actually shows the "Vampyr" which of course was Henriette Gerard as 'Marguerite Chopin", an extremely evil old woman. That's established German actress, Sybille Schmitz, as 'Leone" in a photo inset beside the artwork. She has fallen under the spell of the Vampyr. Aaes also worked on the film as set designer. It was other Aaes art that would appear on the posters used for the German and Danish releases. This is a much more sinister and foreboding poster concept that might have been judged by Dreyer, with the piercing red eyes and stony stare, to be too frightening, as his stated intentions for his film were to "blur the lines between dreams and reality." This is your rare chance to obtain original concept art from a key horror title from the early 1930s. The art is a collage of pencil, charcoal, oil paint, and an original photograph on thin paper. The artwork is glued to the back of an older German stamp album page. It is signed in the top right corner, "Aaes." Very Fine+.

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