Oct 02, 2003 - Sale 1978

Sale 1978 - Lot 12

Price Realized: $ 14,950
?Final Price Realized includes Buyer’s Premium added to Hammer Price
Estimate: $ 8,000 - $ 10,000
COTE D'AZUR. 1931.
39x241/2 inches. L. Danel, Lille.
Condition A: minor restoration in right margin.
1931 was a turning point in Cassandre's vision of steamships. Up until then he had focused on individual design components of the boats, such as their funnels and air shafts. Beginning with l'Atlantique , Cassandre began to concentate on the ships as a whole. Cote d'Azur is the last of the "chimney series." He depicts the boat from the side, cutting off the prow and the stern and focusing only on the center, with the funnel, lifeboat, airshaft, and railing. Cassandre's expert use of airbrush to represent the smoke and the sky creates volume within the different elements of the ship and establishes excellent atmosphere. As he did for the majority of his posters for the Chemins de fer du Nord, Cassandre runs the typography around the outside of the image. Mouron / Cassandre pl. 35, Weill / Cassandre pl. 35, Suntory 72, p. 96, Reina Sophia p. 173.