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‘Nord Express’ by A. M. Cassandre, 1927


This legendary 1927 poster demonstrates how Cassandre understood that travel posters needed to evoke the romance of far-off destinations. This idea is illustrated to great effect in the visual use of the geometric wheels, pistons and mesmerizing perspectives, drawing you down the track. Using this angle of view, the dynamic power, speed, and sheer size of the locomotive are beautifully expressed.

Mounted on conservation-grade linen with an acid-free window mount and black oak hardwood frame and glazed with UV resistant Plexiglas.

Overall size: 51 x 39 inches (130 x 100 cm).

Cassandre was the nom de course of Adolphe Jean-Marie Mouron (1901-1968), who claimed he was given the name by an art dealer in 1922. The artist Fernand Leger once said that Cassandre was undoubtedly the one who ‘renovated the ‘art’ of wall posters’ and his eye captured the speed and dynamism of the machine age to perfection. A friend of Dali, de Chirico and Balthus, there was never any compromise in the standard of the richly diverse compositions from the star of the golden age of the poster.

Price Code: £££££

Reference: 4867

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