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Donald BRUN

(1909 – 1999)

"Humour, sensitivity, tenderness and emotions" are frequently used to describe Donald Brun's posters.
Born in Bale, he trained as an advertising illustrator. From 1933, Donald Brun worked as a freelance graphic designer for several companies including Bata, Bell, Swissair, Persil and Gauloises cigarettes.
Donald Brun rarely works with photo-montage, but almost always designs his posters graphically using pencil, ink and brush on paper. He sometimes composes his poster projects as collages, for example on his posters for the Gauloises cigarettes of 1957 and 1964, where he used a cigarette box to represent the body of the rooster, the French symbol par excellence.
In 1944, he created his famous Persil doll, then his little sister for the telephone company a few years later. Becoming icons of the 50s, these figures are adored by young and old alike.
With very few words, a lot of spirit and colours, Donald Brun gives life to the products of his advertising posters. His anthropomorphic animals become ambassadors of the brand they present and suggest the characteristics of the product itself: the frog and the rain for the waterproof "Tenta waterproof fabrics", the owl symbol of wisdom for "the n°11 informs" or the ox-cook and a tasty meal for "Liebig".
Donald Brun's world is cheerful, his world colourful and his humour timeless.

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Bains

1928

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Persil

1938

CHF 420.–

Schweizer Mustermesse, Basel

1938

CHF 880.–

Persil

circa 1940

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Wauwil

circa 1940

CHF 1270.–

Pro Infirmis

1944

CHF 480.–

Persil, Es git nüt bessers als Persil!

1944

CHF 1070.–

Das Schaufenster, Gewerbemuseum Basel Ausstellung 1944

1944

CHF 1590.–

Pro Infirmis, Hilft Behinderten

circa 1944

CHF 420.–

Pro Infirmis

circa 1945

CHF 480.–

Binacrine, Shampooing

circa 1945

CHF 970.–

Vacanze in Svizzera

1945

CHF 1330.–

BKG - Liga, Basler Rabatt-Marke

1945

CHF 460.–

Vacances en Suisse

1945

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Frühlingsfahrten

1945

CHF 1860.–

Vacances en Suisse

1945

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Persil es git nüt bessers als

1945

CHF 1170.–

Persil

1945

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Persil, Rien de meilleur que Persil

1945

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Springtime in Switzerland

1945

CHF 1430.–

Holidays in Switzerland

1945

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Gevaert Film

circa 1945

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Hüttinger

circa 1945

CHF 870.–

Printemps en Suisse

1945

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Frühling in der Schweiz

1945

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Gevaert Film

1946

CHF 1470.–

Non au suffrage féminin

1946

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Elna

1946

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Helvetia watches, No one goes home without it !

1946

CHF 1150.–

Helvetia watches, take one home for your folks

1946

CHF 850.–

Bata

1946

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Feva, Henkel

1947

CHF 570.–

Aronal. Pâte dentifrice vitaminée

1947

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Aronal, Pâte dentifrice vitaminée

1947

CHF 1330.–

Chocolat Tobler, Noisetta, Térésina, Mariella

1947

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Persil

1948

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Persil

1948

CHF 790.–

Persil

1948

CHF 470.–

Flandor, Dessert-Crème-Pudding

1948

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Swissair

1949

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Swissair

1949

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Vacanze in Svizzera

1949

CHF 970.–

Swissair

1949

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Ferien in der schweiz

1949

CHF 1070.–

Gevaert Film

1949

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Holidays in Switzerland

1949

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Holidays in Switzerland

1949

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Swissair

1949

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Vacances en Suisse

1949

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Vacantie in Zwitserland

1949

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Bell

circa 1950

CHF 920.–

Sauter

circa 1950

CHF 730.–

Rien ne remplace ma laine

circa 1950

CHF 760.–

Matelas Robustas

circa 1950

CHF 490.–

Liebig

circa 1950

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Pâtes aux oeufs Dalang

circa 1950

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Mettler savon

circa 1950

CHF 2170.–

Salubra

circa 1950

CHF 880.–

Téléphonez !

circa 1950

CHF 1090.–

Materasso Robustas

circa 1950

CHF 370.–

Tenta, tissus imperméables.

1950

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La Moubra, Montana (Suisse) - Fondation de Launoit

circa 1950

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Telefonare !

circa 1950

CHF 1090.–

Bata, Fabrication Suisse

1950

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Messe-Kino, Mode-Cabaret, Reklamtheater

circa 1950

CHF 230.–

Dispos comme un oiseau ! Contre-douleurs Dr Wild

circa 1950

CHF 630.–

Tenta, Wasserdichte Stoffe

1950

CHF 790.–

Messe-Kino, Modevorführungen und Cabaret

circa 1950

CHF 230.–

Le N°11 renseigne

circa 1950

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Bata 11.90

1950

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Henniez, Allons boire une Henniez lithinée

1951

CHF 1320.–

Persil ...naturlich mit Persil gewaschen !

1951

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Persil, ... natürlich mit Persil gewaschen !

1951

CHF 990.–

Bien sûr, Lavé au Persil

1951

CHF 930.–

Maestrani, Chocolat Rosemarie

1951

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Jetz ein Henniez Lithinée

1951

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Persil, ... bien sûr, lavé au Persil

1951

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Swissair DC-6

1951

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Si, Lavato col Persil

1951

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Persil... bien sûr, lave au Persil

1951

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Klosters

1952

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Bell

1952

CHF 930.–

Binaca, gut gewappnet mit...

1952

CHF 1120.–

Dalang, Pâtes aux oeufs

1953

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Volkswagen, Ihr treuer Freund

1953

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Ulvo, Henkel

1953

CHF 490.–

Dalang, Pâtes aux oeufs

1953

CHF 1230.–

Tenta

1953

CHF 930.–

Persil

1953

CHF 560.–

PTT Oui sur le trafic postal, confiance!

1953

CHF 490.–

Swissair

1954

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Luzern, Internationale Musik-Festwochen 1954

1954

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Indicolor Plakate, 75 Jahre Jacques Bollmann Zürich

circa 1954

CHF 490.–

Indicolor Plakate, 75 Jahre Jacques Bollmann Zürich

circa 1954

CHF 890.–

Swissair DC-6

1954

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Luzern, Internationale Musik-Festwochen 1954

1954

CHF 860.–

Swissair, tous les jours 2 services Nice-Genève-Zürich

1954

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Nescafe, Extrait de café pur en poudre

1954

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Indicolor Plakate, 75 Jahre Jacques Bollmann

circa 1954

CHF 490.–

Indicolor Plakate, 75 Jahre Jacques Bollmann AG Zürich

circa 1954

CHF 770.–

Osram égaie la vie

1955

CHF 1170.–

Swissair USA, Lisboa - Nova lorque con DC-7C

1955

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Autol extra motor oel

circa 1955

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Maryland Stella Filtra

circa 1955

CHF 690.–

Contra-Schmerz

1955

CHF 460.–

Swissair USA

1955

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Tuch AG Hemden

1955

CHF 890.–

Certina watch

circa 1955

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Swissair USA

1955

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Bell

circa 1955

CHF 600.–

...so erfrischen Rätia Fruchsaftgetränke!

1956

CHF 950.–

Davos Parsenn

1956

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Le Gaz, Kocht schnell

1956

CHF 570.–

Gas, Rapido e comodo

1956

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Cinquantenaire des Automobiles Postales Suisses

1956

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Arosa, Suisse Switzerland Schweiz

1956

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Hillman ...et maintenant une HILLMAN 1957

1957

CHF 750.–

Gauloises

1957

CHF 700.–

Arosa, Graubünden Schweiz, Grisons Suisse

1957

CHF 1160.–

Swissair to Japan

1958

CHF 970.–

Genève, Salon International de l'Automobile, 1958

1958

CHF 1300.–

Orange Frutta, Rätia Fruchtsaftgetränke

1958

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Swissair to the USA

1958

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Swissair to Japan

1958

CHF 80.–

Tenta

circa 1958

CHF 980.–

Swissair to India

1958

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Swissair to Japan

1958

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Swissair to India

1958

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Swissair to the USA

1958

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Genève, Salon International de l'Automobile, 1958

1958

CHF 530.–

Swissair to the USA

1958

CHF 80.–

Swissair to South America

1958

CHF 70.–

Swissair to South America

1958

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N°163, Etat des routes

1958

CHF 830.–

Swissair to South America

1958

CHF 990.–

Salami Negroni

circa 1959

CHF 690.–

Ein Bier mit dir

1959

CHF 860.–

CFF - Toujours à votre service

1959

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Meccarillos, 20 Cigarillos Ormond

circa 1960

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Merrent in der Eisengasse

circa 1960

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Fiera Svizzera, Basilea

1962

CHF 580.–

Salon Auto Genève

1963

CHF 490.–

Genève, Salon Auto, 1963

1963

CHF 970.–

Gauloises

1964

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Gauloises

1964

CHF 730.–

New

Bally

1964

CHF 590.–

Meccarillos, Cigarillos Ormond

1964

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Knie, Cirque Knie, Tigres, La Chaux-de-Fonds

1964

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Gauloises

1964

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Bally

1965

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SBB, Sonntags billet

1966

CHF 970.–

Sport, Sportfreunde bevorzugen den "Sport"

1966

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Bell Époque

1969

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Davos

circa 1970

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Basel 100 Jahre Zoo

1974

CHF 560.–

Perrier, la bouteille au noeud papillon

1974

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SBB Familienvergünstigung, 100 Jahre Zoo Basel

1974

CHF 370.–

Ormond Filtre

circa 1975

CHF 320.–

Perrier, eau minérale gazeuse naturelle

circa 1980

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Perrier, eau minérale gazeuse naturelle

circa 1980

CHF 790.–