Nov 09, 2023 - Sale 2652

Sale 2652 - Lot 115

Price Realized: $ 3,750
?Final Price Realized includes Buyer’s Premium added to Hammer Price
Estimate: $ 4,000 - $ 6,000

EMIL CARDINAUX (1877-1936)


40x28 inches, 101 1/2x71 cm. J.E. Wolfensburger, Zurich.
Condition A-: minor repaired tears and abrasions at edges; archival tape on verso; hinged archivally at top edge. Paper.

Cardinaux studied painting with Germany's Franz von Stuck, and also worked in Paris before returning to Switzerland where he became one of the founding fathers of Swiss poster art. He came to national (and international) attention in 1908 with his famous poster for Zermatt, which boldly depicted the Matterhorn using flat colors and broad outlining that became a landmark in Swiss graphic design. He designed posters for the men's store PKZ and other Swiss products and services, but he is best known for his travel posters with their evocative, painterly, almost impressionistic style. Climbing up the Jungfraujoch in Switzerland's Bernese Alps, the Jungfrau Railway was begun in 1898 and finished in 1912. It reaches 11,330 feet, making it the highest spot in Europe accessible by train. Cardinaux 21.