Gabriel and Maxim Shamir, the designers of this poster, were born in Latvia during the 1st decade of the 1900’s and died in Israel during the last decade. They studied graphics and design in Berlin, Germany and in 1935 moved to Palestine where they set up a studio – the Shamir Brothers – in Tel Aviv. They were among the founders and most prominent designers of the graphics industry in Mandate Palestine and then Israel. Among their numerous commissions was the design of the ubiquitous State of Israel Coat of Arms (a 7-branch menorah flanked by olive branches above the Hebrew Yisrael). King David & Grandson while undated has the look of the 70’s ‘hippie’ style. King David adorned with a crown and sporting long hair and beard is playing a harp. His “grandson” wearing jeans and sporting long hair and beard is playing a guitar. We are uncertain whether the poster is meant as an advertisement for Lee jeans or was designed as an art poster. In either case the message appears to link by descent the biblical musician of the Psalms to the contemporary Israeli rock-n-roll singer. The vivid colors of the silk screen poster jump out to stun the viewer. These is a title in Hebrew at the upper left and English along the bottom, a printed signature (Shamir Bros.) along the left side, the attribution printed in Israel by Shohar and BLACKLITE”. All-in-all a stand out poster. The linen backed poster is in very good condition with some faint surface distress common to handled silk screen printings and restoration that has covered over a few crease marks. There are also minor nicks along the edges.We will ship the poster to you rolled into a sturdy tube.
sheet dimensions: height – 26 3/4″; width – 18 1/2″