Plakatstil ("poster style" in German), also known as sachplakat, was an early poster style of art that began in the 1900s and originated out of Germany. It was started by Berliner Lucian Bernhard in 1906. The traits of this style of art are usually bold eye-catching lettering with flat colors. Shapes and objects are simplified while there is a central image which is the focus of the poster. Plakatstil shied away from the complexity of Art Nouveau and helped emphasize a more modern outlook on poster art. Famous Plakatstil artists include Ludwig Hohlwein, Edmund Edel, Ernst Deutsch-Dryden, Hans Lindenstadt, Julius Klinger, Julius Gipkens, Paul Scheurich, Karl Schulpig and Hans Rudi Erdt.
Das Plakat was a German art magazine that was published in 1910 from the Verein der Plakat Freunde (The Society for Friends of the Poster). The society and magazine were founded by dentist Hans Sachs. Lucian Bernhard was also director for the society.
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