Nov 23, 2021 - Sale 2589

Sale 2589 - Lot 92

Price Realized: $ 17,500
?Final Price Realized includes Buyer’s Premium added to Hammer Price
Estimate: $ 10,000 - $ 15,000



35 1/4x26 3/4 inches, 89 1/2x78 cm. Nijgh & Van Dittmar, Rotterdam.
Condition B+: water stain in bottom left corner; minor repaired tears and small stains at edges; repaired pin holes in corners; without wide grey margin which includes printer's info.

Launched in 1924, construction problems delayed the maiden voyage of the Statendam until April 11, 1929. Known as "The Queen of the Spotless Fleet," she served the Holland-America Line until 1940, when she was destroyed during World War II. To promote her first crossing, Cassandre developed this compelling close-up view of funnels and ventilation cowls, with patterned waves of smoke billowing out overhead. Cassandre's love of sea travel found him "constantly renewing himself, constantly varying not only his point of view and angle but also his style" (Mouron p. 64). This poster not only represents another unique vantage point from which to view technology, but is "a prime example of Cassandre's attention to tonal values. The color scheme . . . brings a wonderfully sober equilibrium to the composition" (ibid. p. 66). Mouron 104, Brown & Reinhold pl. 12, Cassandre / Weill p. 22, Cassandre / Suntory 69, Cassandre / Tokyo 28, Schip & Affiche 53, Passenger Ships 73, Crouse p. 227.