The Lady from Shanghai
Lot 164
The Lady from Shanghai
Sold for US$ 25,000 inc. premium

Lot Details
The Lady from Shanghai
Columbia, 1949. Italian 2-foglio poster, linen backed. Artwork by Anselmo Ballester.
Provenance: The Hastings Collection

Italian artist Anselmo Ballester is renowned for the posters he created for Columbia's releases, especially his posters of 1940s bombshell Rita Hayworth. Ballester's artistic talent was encouraged from a young age by his father Federico, himself a well-known painter. After studying at the Academy of Fine Arts in Rome, Anselmo began illustrating movie posters in the silent era and continued working for all of the major studios up until his retirement in the 1970s. He remains best known for the work he produced as chief artist at the Italian production company Minerva Films and through BCM, a company he established with fellow poster artists Luigi Martinati and Alfredo Capitani and which specialized in the production of film posters (BCM stood for Ballester-Capitani-Martinati). At BCM, Ballester worked almost exclusively on posters for Columbia Studios' productions.
39 x 55 in.

Footnotes

  • "To become a creator of film posters ... it is necessary to study passionately, to always draw and paint everything from the truth. Then you can let your imagination run free. Whether you are creating a work of art, or a more humble advertising poster, you must be able to attract the interest of the public, to satisfy both the most refined people and the roughest, who are the majority."

    Anselmo Ballester, Italian poster artist
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