From 1950 to 1976 Container Corporation of America ran an advertising campaign entitled “Great Ideas of Western Man.” Each poster in the series (totaling 195) matches a statement from a famous Western thinker with an illustration by a contemporary artist.
The illustration in this poster (number 93 in the series) was designed by artist Feliks Topolski who created a portrait of Albert Einstein using soft colors with bold brushstrokes suggesting the creative energy in Einstein's theories and discoveries in physics. This artwork illustrates this quote from Einstein appearing in the poster:
Making allowances for human imperfections, I do feel that in America the most valuable thing in life is possible, the development of the individual and his creative powers.
Feliks Topolski (1987-1989) was a Polish-born expressionist painter and draftsman working primarily in the United Kingdom.
Albert Einstein (1878-1955) was a German-born theoretical physicist who is best known for his theory of relativity.
Walter Paepcke, President of the Container Corporation, initiated this series of advertisements because he believed in expressing larger moral, philosophical and political issues in the company’s advertisements while building awareness of the company and promoting good citizenship.
This poster makes a thought-provoking addition to every poster collection and interesting wall art for every room. If this poster interests you, you'll also want to look at the other posters in this "Great Ideas of Western Man" that we offer.