Bummelstudenten (c.1916). Julius Klinger (Austrian, 1876-1942). Poster.

Klinger became one of Germany’s most forward-thinking graphic designers in the inter-war years, with an eye for strong geometrical symmetries and small touches of wit. Here’s a Berliner Theater poster for the silent film “Bummelstudenten,” by Rudolf Bernauer, released in 1916. Equipped with guitar, and fruit and libations at the ready, this superannuated university lad is about to charm himself into the arms of a society girl – escaping from adult responsibilities, and, quite possibly, the Great War itself.