Dick LaBonté Anchor & Palette Gallery

Beauty on the Beach Poster

When the artist decided to paint a poster revealing the history of women’s bathing dress, he wanted it to be the furthest thing from a “fashion illustration.” In art, the human figure is general depicted “eight heads tall.” Fashion artists usually stretch that to, say, nine. Ordinarily, the artist shrunk his figures to seven-plus heads. For this poster, he used a doll-like figure only six heads tall – sort of like Betty Boop (if you know who that is). Since the original was painted in the 1980s, that’s where the figures stopped. However, LaBonté did a sketch he wanted to add at the bottom of the poster, so the family updated the poster!

Image size: 24x17.

Giclee print. Open edition. Unsigned.