Oct 02, 2003 - Sale 1978

Sale 1978 - Lot 15

Price Realized: $ 9,200
?Final Price Realized includes Buyer’s Premium added to Hammer Price
Estimate: $ 6,000 - $ 9,000
39x241/4 inches. Danel, Lille.
Condition A: unobtrusive creases in margins.
For the night ferries crossing the English Channel, Cassandre depicts a lighthouse against a deep blue sky. The only thing visible within the sweep of its brilliant light, which cuts through the night like a knife, is a passing ship. Here, much like his poster for Wagons-Lits, which is another night-time image, Cassandre expresses himself with similar poeticism. The stars, some forming the recognizable constellation of the Big Dipper, add a sophisticated touch. The poster is signed "Atelier Cassandre," which means that Cassandre himself conceived of the design, sketched it out, and then left the lithographic execution to his assistants. He was not there to supervise the printing. Many talented future posterists like Gid, Dil, and Lancaster would often provide help when needed. Chassaing was most probably a printing assistant as well. Mouron / Cassandre no. 101, p. 64, Reina Sophia p. 181.