Base painting of the vintage movie poster for ''Mysterious Island'', 1961.
Base art is the poster artwork after the text has been digitally removed. It thereby closely recreates the original painting used for the poster. As practically all those original paintings have been lost, a recreation attempts to display the original art before the movie studios added descriptive text. See also our collection "Movie Poster Base Paintings."
About the artist:
Alfredo Capitani (1895–1985) was born in Ciampino, Italy, and attended the English Academy of Fine Arts in Rome. After graduating, he began working in theaters, setting up stage backdrops.
The new art styles he was surrounded by inspired his creativity in the first decades of the 20th century. He witnessed the dynamic advances in pictorial art, including the post-Impressionism era and experimentation into Expressionism and Abstraction.
In 1919, he opened a studio producing advertising posters, fostering collaborations with other painters. His work included preparing cinema set-ups, such as large wall posters and paintings. His movie posters became among the most famous in Italian design. His experience with theaters, stages, and spotlights was essential to highlight his flashy but synthetic style. Extremely concise in delineating figures, Capitani consistently innovated.
His lines are immediate and well-defined, like outlining theatrical spaces. Even the impact of colors is intense and full of contrasts. Capitani’s posters are a synthesis between forms and graphic lettering.
He created posters for Italian and American producers, including MGM, Fox, and Columbia Pictures. Some of his well-known posters were those for "Gilda," "Moby Dick," "Blood Alley," "My Darling Clementine," and "The Loves of Carmen." He also formed the design company BCM, (an acronym of surnames,) with two other prominent Italian poster artists, Anselmo Ballester and Luigi Martinati
By the early 1960s he no longer did movie posters, and instead dedicated himself to easel painting until his 1985 death in Rome at 90.
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