La Bohème 2003
32 ½ x 46 in. (81 x 117 cm)
Dutch graphic designer and filmmaker Lex Reitsma (1958-) created the visual identity for de Nederlandse Opera (the Dutch National Opera) from 1990 to 2014. Reitsma’s opera posters have won numerous awards and were the subject of a 2014 exhibition at Amsterdam’s Stedelijk Museum.
Reitsma’s 2003 design for a performance of Puccini’s La Bohème features a tragically romantic image of two hands reaching to touch, but ultimately unable to cross the barrier that separates them.