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A. M (Adolphe Mouron) ‘Cassandre’ (French, 1901-1968)
An extremely rare Modernist bronze sculpture, one of only six created, after the original poster design created by Cassandre for the political newspaper L’Intransigeant, founded in 1880 in France. Following WWI, in a bid to attract a more politically engaged audience the paper repositioned itself by utilising emerging technologies and in the 1920s and 30s, promoted the use of photography and illustration as a visual tool in the reporting of current affairs and metropolitan life.
The poster design from which this piece Cassandre abstracted, was commissioned in 1925 and depicts a male face, possibly a newspaper vendor in profile, shouting out the day’s top story. The only original example of this poster that has emerged in recent years was sold at public auction in 2014 for the remarkable sum of EURO 230,000. The heavy cast sculpture is set on a portoro marble base, with pen rests to each side, and is hinged to reveal a recess for ink. The rear of the sculpture is stamped ‘OFFERT PAR L’INTRANSIGEANT’ with stamped numbers ‘4/6’ and ‘21’.
Height of sculpture: 5 inches (13 cm)
Height overall: 8 inches (20 cm)
Footprint of base: 8 inches (20 cm)
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