This interesting lithograph promotes a show in May 1970 by artist Pierre Alechinsky at La Hune, a bookstore and gallery in Paris. It describes Alechinsky's art in the exhibit as "images tout a trac" which can be translated as "frightening images." Knowing that this is how the artist describes his work, the viewer can come up with many interpretations of the intriguing piece of abstract art on this poster.
Alechinsky (b. 1927) is a prominent Belgian artist who lived and worked in Paris for most of his adult life. During his long career, he was interested in a wide range of media, including painting and prints, and was a member of a group of artists who shared interests in experimental painting and design techniques and the use of color. He drew from tachisme (a French style of abstract painting popular in the 1940s and 1950s), abstract expressionism and lyrical abstraction, as well as other artistic styles.
His works are held in the collections of numerous museums, including the Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium, the Tate, Museum Ludwig in Cologne, New York's MOMA and the Minneapolis Institute of Art.
Here's a fun fact: The asteroid 14832 Alechinsky was named in his honor in 2000. It was discovered in 1987 by Belgian astronomer Eric Elst who named it after his fellow countryman.
La Hune, a famous bookstore in Paris from 1947 until it closed in 2015, was a gathering spot for intellectuals, writers, artists and politicians.
If you enjoy abstract art, you will love this poster.