Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Paolo Garretto

To not think that I'm only interested in collecting original comics I also collect almost anything related to illustration and graphic design.

This is my new acquisition, it's a original 1935 caricature of King Haile Selassie by Paolo Garretto.
Paolo Garretto was in the 30s and 40s known as one of the most influential illustrators. He illustrated some of the most iconic magazine covers such as, Fortune Magazine, Vanity Fair, and etc. However Garretto's reputation soon after that declined, partly because he was tagged a "Fascist Artist". It turns out that not only did he design the uniforms for the Italian Fascist but he was also a part of Mussolini's honor guard.

More about Paolo Garretto in this article by Steven Heller here.

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