Roman Cieslewicz. Wiezien (The Prisoner) (Poster for Warsaw production of the 1944 opera by Luigi Dallapiccola [1904-1975]). 1962

Roman Cieslewicz Wiezien (The Prisoner) (Poster for Warsaw production of the 1944 opera by Luigi Dallapiccola [1904-1975]) 1962

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This disquieting image of a figure constrained within an armored shell and suffocating from an eruption of flames and blood synthesizes Luigi Dallapiccola's nightmarish operatic tale. In it a Spanish prisoner thinks he has escaped punishment only to find himself in the arms of the Grand Inquisitor and led to a burning stake. Both poster and opera conveyed the pessimism and sense of deception and entrapment prevalent in Cold War Europe.

Gallery label from Polish Posters 1945–89, May 6–November 30, 2009.
38 1/4 x 26 1/2" (97.2 x 67.3 cm)
Teatr Wielki, Warsaw
Stołeczne Zaklady Drukarskie, Warsaw
Gift of the designer
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© 2020 / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / ADAGP, Paris
Architecture and Design

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