Classic Posters

Written by Serena Berger
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Classic posters may mean slightly different things to different people. For a collector or purist, a classic poster may only be one from an original printing, such as a promotional poster released when The Godfather first came out. For most people, though, classic posters are just prints of any image which has stood the test of time as culturally significant.

Defining Classic Posters

Thus, a classic poster could be of a photograph of a pop culture figure or a vintage ad for travel from the 1950's. It might be a pop art piece by Lichtenstein, or a Saturday Evening Post cover. You could even go so far as to say that classic posters include prints of any of the most universally beloved art works of all time, from Monet's Water Liliesto Klimt's The Kiss.

Many times, if you are just browsing for art work without something specific in mind, classic prints are a great place to start. For example, if you're going off to college and you're going to have a roommate, it may be best to find some pictures to hang that are relatively mainstream in their appeal. In the interest of harmonious space sharing with a roommate or sibling, it can be best not to assume that you can put up a print of Ozzy with a bat's head in his mouth if your bunkmate prefers Britney Spears. Classic art work typically offers something more mutually agreeable than current pop culture posters.

If you are decorating your home, you will often find that framed classic prints personalize it and make it a place where you're comfortable to relax and proud to invite company. You can also choose artwork that you find inspirational if you have a study or music room in which you ponder your own creative work. If you invest in classic art work, you will find that even if you want to change its location from room to room over time, it will never go out of style like that black light poster you once thought was the coolest thing ever.


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