Woodstock Festival of 1969
[Image] Woodstock’s Original Artwork Is a Riot of Color

Author: David Edward Byrd


Materials: Black ink, transparent dyes, tempera. Central drawing on buff paper in colored pencil. Image Source: David Edward Byrd.

 In the spring of 1969, Woodstock Ventures asked me to do a poster for the large outdoor concert they were planning for the village of Woodstock, NY. in August of that year. I based the poster on Ingre’s La Source and surrounded that image with cupids, flowers and hearts in jewel-tone colors. After I delivered the art to the printer in late June, I left for a month in the Caribbean to a town with 30 people and no telephone. During this time, the town of Woodstock forbade the show and it had to be moved to Max Yasgur’s farm. As I was not available to do a new poster, it was done by another artist, and appropriately became very famous, while this version is mostly forgotten.

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