Art and Culture of Japan During the Allied Occupation, 1945-1952
"Election, April 23-30," 1950.
Offset print, 72.8 x 51.5 cm. Atelier Deska
By the 1950s, Japan's economic recovery was generating
many opportunities for poster designs. Kono Takashi (born 1906), a leading
graphic designer from the 1930s, became a major international design figure
in the post-war decades, commissioned by clients promoting a wide variety
of products. This poster, sponsored by the National Election Committee,
exemplifies how Japanese designers were increasingly influenced by international
trends in graphics.
courtesy of the Smithsonian Institution