May 03, 2018 - Sale 2476

Sale 2476 - Lot 126

Price Realized: $ 5,250
?Final Price Realized includes Buyer’s Premium added to Hammer Price
Estimate: $ 4,000 - $ 6,000
39x24 3/4 inches, 99x63 cm. L. Danel, Lille.
Condition B+: minor repaired tears at edges and in image; light staining in lower left image; repaired pin holes in margins and corners.
In 1929, Cassandre merged some of the key graphic conceits of his two earlier posters for the railroad (the fading perspective formed by the converging rails and telegraph lines, and the star balancing on the rails themselves) with a compass needle. The manner in which he renders the needle and its shadow is extremely elaborate and sophisticated airbrush work. Cassandre uses the blue sky and smattering of clouds to help the needle stand out, and the large black "N" of the compass reinforces the "Nord" in the poster's title. Cassandre had devised this idea of a compass needle several years prior when he used it for the redesigned cover of the railroad company's magazine. Mouron pl. 16, Suntory 52 p. 76, Brown & Reinhold p. 45, Cassandre / Tokyo 30, Reina Sofia p. 167, Crouse p. 256, MoMA 272.1935.