This poster for Italy was created by the gifted and prolific artist David Klein for TWA. The image by Klein features a beautiful view over Piazza San Marco (St. Marks Square) in Venice. Just beside the detailed San Marco Basilica on the left of the poster, the San Marco Campanile, the accompanying belltower is observed surrounded by birds and gives way to the glistening water off in the distance. The architecture appears vibrant in hues of pink, blue and shades of gold, demonstrating the beauty and luxury of this oceanside city. The airplane featured in this poster is a propeller driven Constellation.
Piazza San Marco is the most prominent public square in Italy and a popular tourist attraction. Within the square, the famous San Marco Basilica sits. The basilica, commonly known as St. Marks Church is a cathedral church of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Venice. The building dates to the 11th century and is well known for its opulent design which features gold mosaics upon the façade.
The artist of the poster, David Klein (1918-2005) was best known for his influential work in advertising. He produced illustrations for Broadway theatrical productions, Hollywood films, the United States Army, and numerous corporate clients. However, Klein is best remembered for the iconic travel images he created for Howard Hughes and Trans World Airlines (TWA) during the 1950's and 1960's. To learn more about artist David Klein, click here: https://postergroup.com/blogs/the-ross-art-group-blog/david-klein-posters-as-portals-of-discovery
TWA (Trans World Airlines) was formed in 1924 as Transcontinental & Western Air. The airline's first route was New York to Los Angeles, soon followed by multiple National routes. The airline expanded to serve Europe, the Middle East and Asia after WWII when the company was under the control of Howard Hughes, owner from 1939 until 1961. Hughes was a dominant force in expanding and promoting the routes flown by his company. The economy was vastly improving, and travels through air for business and pleasure increased too. Posters were a key element to promoting this form of travel and TWA. The airline started a decline in the 1970s that ended up in a third bankruptcy that caused their acquisition by American Airlines in 2001. The airline operated in 132 destinations worldwide and had a fleet size of 190.
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