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Poster Artist Jan Mlodozeniec Dies

December 12, 2000 GMT

WARSAW, Poland (AP) _ Jan Mlodozeniec, a Polish illustrator and designer who won international acclaim as a trendsetter in poster art during the 1950s and 1960s, has died, an associate said Tuesday. He was 71.

Gallery owner Nina Rozwadowska said Mlodozeniec died overnight as a result of cancer, but declined to give any other details at the request of his family.

Mlodozeniec created about 400 posters on film, theater and circus themes that have been widely exhibited.

Mlodozeniec was born Nov. 8, 1929, in Warsaw, the son of an experimental futurist poet, Stanislaw Mlodozeniec.

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``He was one of the most significant poster artists,″ Rozwadowska said. ``His generation created the so-called Polish school of poster.″

In addition to Mlodozeniec, the Polish school includes such artists as Franciszek Starowiejski, Waldemar Swierzy and Marcin Mroszczak.

They brought the art of wall posters to new levels, using often-flashy combinations of color and images that could be humorous and clever or grotesque and shocking. Their works have become highly prized by collectors around the world.

Mlodozeniec’s survivors include two sons who also work in painting and poster art.

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