Vintage movie poster reproduction for the silent comedy, ''The Gold Rush'' (1925), starring Charlie Chaplin.
About the artist:
Armando Seguso (Benevento, Italy, 1897 – Bronxville, New York, 1984) was an Italian-born American painter, illustrator, and musician.
His family immigrated to the U.S. when he was 4, settling in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania. He learned to play the violin and began a career as a musician by age 17. When he was 21, he moved to New York to study painting at the National Academy of Design. He paid his tuition by playing violin in a cabaret, vaudeville, and movie pit orchestras.
Seguso later took a position at a commercial art studio. His oil and brushwork technique, as featured on his poster for Buster Keaton's 1928 film Steamboat Bill, Jr., drew the attention of MGM's art director. He then worked primarily for MGM, illustrating with crayon, pastel, and watercolor. Some of his assignments included posters for Gone with the Wind (1939), Mrs. Miniver (1942), Random Harvest (1942), The Human Comedy (1943), Kismet (1944), Mrs. Parkington (1944), and Thirty Seconds over Tokyo (1944). For Paramount, Seguso designed posters for The Cat and the Canary (1939) and For Whom the Bell Tolls (1943).
His brilliant color and broad, vigorous technique also enlivened magazine covers including Cosmopolitan, Good Housekeeping, and Woman's Home Companion.
February 10th, 2021
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