Ludwig Hohlwein, ‘Riquet Tee - Tea and Snake Charmer’, 1926, Omnibus Gallery

Ludwig Hohlwein was one of the two great German graphic designers. His work is part of the collections of the major museums of the world that breathe this period of art, including: MOMA, Pompidou, Victoria & Albert, etc. Think of a museum and they will have his work in their collection.

Ludwig Hohlwein was a great innovator of negative space. His backgrounds often interweave into the products or characters seamlessly. He also pioneered a technique where multiple layers of the stone lithograph were done before the ink dried, giving the poster a watercolor and transparent quality. High tonal contrasts, and a network of interlocking shapes made his work instantly recognizable.

Riquet was a manufacturer of various chocolate products, as well as an importer of tea and dry goods from China. Hohlwein created a variety of posters for the brand, this one giving us the whimsy of a snake charmer, but replacing the serpent with steam from the tea.

Signature: Signed by the artist in stone, lower right hand side. Condition: A

About Ludwig Hohlwein

German, 1874-1949, Wiesbaden, Germany, based in Germany