Baku: Azpoligraftrest, . 72x44 cm. One of 1000 copies produced. Very good. Few small scuffed pieces from the sides.
An excellent example of poster design by one of the most complex classics of Soviet design Solomon Telingater (1903-1969), from the rarest of his periods when he was starting out in Baku, Azerbaijan.
Solomon ‘Monya’ Telingater became a poster designer following his father’s steps: Benedikt Telingater, who was a well-known costume and poster designer in Georgia and Azerbaijan. First posters were created during the Civil War in the local branch of ROSTA windows, called BAKKAVROST, where he collaborated with Gorodetsky and Kochergin. The young Monia compared at the time with ventilator by Kruchyonykh, who resided in Baku at the time as well, felt the influence of 41 degrees publications from Tbilisi. Also in 1920 in Baku he started to work at the typography called ‘Molodoy rabochiy’ where for the first time he has noticed the power of the simple letterpress elements for the book design. All of these determined his future as the self-proclaimed ’architect of the book’.
There are examples of Telingater’s designs from the first half of the 1920s, among them are works for the local satirical periodical ‘Komsomolsky Krokodil’, several books including ‘The Twelve’ by Alexander Blok with letterpress design on the wrapper and lino cuts, ‘Volshebny Ulov’ by Yuri Degen and several posters (anti-fascism, agitational, cinema).
The attribution of this poster to Telingater is proven by the existence of another advertising poster for ‘Baku worker’ in the collection of Vladimir Solomonovich Telingater, where the similar font is used. The scan of that poster is available upon request.
Both posters dedicated to the subscription for the year of 1925 were probably done just before the artist has moved to Moscow in 1925, where the new era in his life as a designer began.