Introduction. The inter-war heritage. The Nazi occupation. War losses and the position in 1945. The 1940s. Renewal of activities. Exhibitions and artists. Towards Socialist Realism. National art exhibitions. Commercial graphics. Turning point of the second half of the 1950s. The new situation in art in the late 1950s. Polish art and modern movements. Beginning of artistic pluralism. Two areas of commercial art: the poster and children's book illustrations. European successes. The late 1960s and early 1970s. Local colour of centres of graphic art. From the new figuration to "mathematical" graphics. Further development of book design and the graphic symbol. The International Ex Libris Biennale. Contemporary development of drawing in Poland. Classical drawing and prints. Exhibitions and other new initiatives. The youngest gneration and its relationship with older artists. Narrowing of themes and the "microscope" effect. The cleaning up of graphic techniques. Young artists in commercial art. Polish and international exhibitions in studio and commercial graphic design. Major competitions and prizes. Foreign critics about Polish graphic art. Self-appraisal.
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