SYPHILIS Make 100 poster series 1922 Spooky Art Deco Gothic
A special one-week project!
Help us make a limited edition fine art print from one of the only surviving original copies of a rare and iconic 1922 social hygiene poster warning of the dangers of SYPHILIS– and receive a special discount!
For 20 years, Century Guild has been devoted to championing and carrying forward the work of elegant and obscure artists into the 21st century. Many hundreds of thousands of people either visited our gallery and museum in Los Angeles, encountered our presence at International Art Fairs, viewed works from our collection exhibited in a museum, or marveled at our large booth of Art Nouveau artworks at San Diego Comic Con International. We are now focusing our efforts on the more permanent presence of educational publishing, and making limited edition facsimiles of our most popular artworks.
In January of 2017, Kickstarter proposed an exciting initiative titled "Make 100," in which the creator would limit the item they were making to only 100 copies. We've continued to use that as a template to continue to create copies of the rarest and most desirable artworks that we've exhibited in extremely limited large-format editions. These high-quality replicas are offset printed on a very heavyweight gloss paper, and are blind-stamped in the lower corner with a debossed Century Guild emblem.
Belgian soldiers returning home from the front with “The French Pox” caused a massive spike in STD-related deaths in the years following World War I. In 1922, Louis Raemakers created this image illustrating "L'hecatombe la syphilis (The Mass Slaughter of Syphilis)" to combat the devastating body count caused by this sexually-transmitted disease.
A femme fatale with spidery millinery stands amidst a sea of graves, her hands cradling the skull of her victim over her sex, acidic green jewellery suggesting the poison of her charms: this sensual and arresting image is one of the rarest and most infamous graphics from the era, a masterpiece of 1920s decadence.
Above: Behind the scenes at the museum, photographing the original 1922 lithograph for reproduction.
Louis Raemaekers was a Dutch artist who began his career as the illustrator of children's books, and turned to political illustrations around 1906. When the Germans invaded Belgium in 1914, Raemaekers aggressively portrayed the invaders as evil barbarians and their Kaiser as a Satanic minion. His cartoons were so popular, that in an attempt to maintain Dutch neutrality the Minister of Foreign Affairs directly appealed to him to stop and the German government reportedly put a bounty on his head.
In 1915 Raemakers exhibited in London, becoming an art celebrity overnight, and in 1917 the United States embraced his political art: the publishing of his work by William Randolph Hearst's syndicate placed his imagery in front of hundreds of millions of copies of newspapers and is regarded as the largest propaganda effort of the First World War. By the end of the war, he had settled in Belgium, continuing to create powerful political and socially conscious artworks.
If you love the poster featured in this campaign, you will love our books! Each one is filled with rare images, a pleasing combination of highly peculiar, exceedingly beautiful, and painfully obscure. We have pledge tiers that allow you to add copies of these books to your library, including Infernal Creatures, a deluxe 6.5" x 9" 88-page hardcover book filled with rare sexy and sinister devilish artworks from 1880-1970. (You can also add this book to any tier for $30.)
You can also add on any of our paperback art books for the discounted price of only $25 each. These collections all feature rare and obscure artworks that you won't find on the internet!
You can also add on Patronage Prints either in a package, or add on as many as you like to any pledge for the discounted price of $35 per print.
We are also making one copy of each of six previous LARGE FORMAT MAKE 100 images below available at 20% off the current retail price- including the sold-out Alphonse Mucha "Lead Us Not Into Temptation" print!
For nearly 20 years, The Century Guild Museum of Art has been devoted to building and presenting an archive of important artworks that define the origins of popular culture.
Century Guild is a gallery and institution founded by Thomas Negovan in 1999. Century Guild has presented Art Nouveau and Symbolist Art in both their Chicago (1999-2013) and Los Angeles (2012-2018) galleries, as well as in numerous international art and antiques fairs across the last two decades- including fourteen years as a major presence at San Diego Comic Con International. Works previously in the Century Guild collection are on permanent display in a number of important institutions, including The Art Institute of Chicago, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, and The Detroit Institute of Art and have been exhibited at The Los Angeles County Museum of Art, The Minneapolis Museum of Art, and The Art Gallery of Ontario. The limited edition books published by Century Guild are desirable for their academic content, fine quality, and collectability; many out-of-print volumes command high prices on Amazon and eBay.
We are strong believers in and supporters of the crowdfunding community, and the way that it encourages creations of exceptional quality by making a direct connection between the creator and collector. At least 5% of the funds we raise in each campaign go back into the Kickstarter community to push other campaigns towards reaching their goal.
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