Nov 23, 2021 - Sale 2589

Sale 2589 - Lot 90

Price Realized: $ 12,500
?Final Price Realized includes Buyer’s Premium added to Hammer Price
Estimate: $ 12,000 - $ 18,000



41 1/4x29 1/2 inches, 104 3/4x75 cm. Hachard & Cie., Paris.
Condition B+: replaced lower right corner, including overpainted text and border; small replaced losses, repaired tears and creases at edges and in corners; repaired tear at lower right; minor foxing spots in image. Framed.

Nord Express was the second poster Cassandre designed for the Chemin de Fer du Nord railway in 1927. This stylized locomotive is a graphic glorification of the Machine Age, rendered in architecturally precise geometric shapes and white lines. The design is made even more impressive by its perspective; seen from track level, the locomotive appears all the more massive and powerful, with its great speed emphasized by the dramatic way it disappears into the horizon, (a horizon ingeniously brought even closer by the telegraph wires that also quickly disappear). Airbrush is cleverly used to create what Henri Mouron, Cassandre's son, refers to as an "authentic poetry of space." Repeating a design choice from Étoile du Nord, Cassandre again arranges the typography around the outside of the poster so as not to interfere with the image. The image has become one of the most enduring Machine Age icons. Mouron pl. 10, Cassandre / Weill 48, Suntory 49, Cassandre / Tokyo 19, Brown & Reinhold 9, Reina Sofia p. 159, Modern Poster 155, Word & Image p. 80, Weill 310, Art Deco Graphics p. 77, Affiches Art Deco p. 37, Crouse p. 254, Affiche Art Deco p. 78, The Poster p. 127, Avant Garde p. 161, MoMA 65.1943.22.