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January 19, 2024

Impressive Posters Designed by Leo Marfurt in the 1920s and ’30s

Born 1894 in Aarau, Swiss-Belgian commercial artist Leo Marfurt moved to Belgium in 1921, marrying there in 1922. He set up his own business in Brussels under the name Les Créations Publicitaires (“Advertising Creations”) in 1927. His customers included the Brussels World Fairs of 1935 and 1958, Minerva automobiles, Chrysler, Belga cigarettes, cross-channel ferries, and railways in both Belgium and the United Kingdom.

Marfurt was best known for his posters of the 1930s, in an innovative Art Deco style that sometimes incorporated elements of Futurism, Cubism and Surrealism.

Marfurt died in Antwerp in 1977. Here below is a set of impressive posters designed by Leo Marfurt in the 1920s and 1930s.

Belga Cigarettes, circa 1920s

Palais des Beaux-Arts, Bruxelles, 1928

The Main Lines (Les Grandes Communications), 1928

Bezoekt de Tentoonstelling van Antwerpen, 1930

Boule Nationale, circa 1930

Cigarillos Jubilé Americano, circa 1930

Exposition Internationale Coloniale Maritime Art Flamand, Anvers, 1930

Exposition Internationale Coloniale Maritime et d'Art Flamand, Anvers, 1930

Royal Hunt Stout, circa 1930

Belgian National Railway, Dover - Ostend, 1932

Antwerpen inhuldiging der tunnels onder de Schelde, 1933

Cigares Unico, 1933

Exposition internationale de la poupée, Anvers, December 1934

Brussel Wereldtentoonstelling, 1935

Brussel Internationale Jaarbeurs, April 1937

Belgium, The Coast, 1938

International Industries Fair in Brussels, March 1938


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