Maybe six moths ago, I happened upon a huge school of art that I had no idea existed. It was meaningful to me , because a) a huge amount of the material was amazingly similar to what I was after in my own artwork in terms of tone, style and subject matter (only much more succesful) and, b) they are all Poles, as am I.
It seemed like a really meaningful synchronicity. It still does. It made it seem for a little bit that I was a part of something much bigger than myself- this connected me to a tradition of sorts, which is important to me ( not for the sake of it though- maybe I'll post about it someday.It's complicated..)
A number- maybe the majority, even, tend to depict the bizarre and fanastic ( or presnt the mundane in a fantastic light , like the dog playing soccer image below, by Zakowska.) but they tend to do so in an earthy way- sometimes it's humourous, even. They'll apply near cartoon quality; soft or bulbous shapes to depict what in more classical forms would show up as heroic or exalted or in early modern art as ultra-serious, existential; plenty of skulls, images of war, monsters, etc.
Before I start dropping links, I want to let you know that I gathered almost all of them from our own Aeron Alfrey's MONSTER BRAINS, an awesome resource. He discovered all of this stuff during the same period. You can find his list Polish poster Artists HERE.
The artists I'm posting here are but a few of the many, many odd and cool Polish Poster Artists from the 50's-80's ( maybe they're still going?)
-( I own a copy of this one.)
Look into it. It's good stuff.