Etoile du Nord, 1927
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Explore our leading Cassandre collection, consisting of 25 original vintage posters from the 1920s to the 1950s.
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A.M. Cassandre (1901 - 1968) burst onto the Paris scene in the mid 1920s and was soon recognized as the father of a new, Machine Age poster style. Strongly influenced by modern art, Cassandre's work shocked the public with its dynamic compositions, abstract geometry and daring typography integrated into the image. Suddenly, the illustration-based caricatures of Cappiello looked dated next to Cassandre's intellectual and airbrushed designs, inspired by Cubism, Futurism, and Surrealism and the wonders of the modern world.
Most famous were Cassandre's travel posters - they were so revolutionary that they essentially reinvented the category. His posters for the Normandie, Etoile du Nord and Nord Express, all created in the late '20s and early '30s, are among the most recognized posters ever. Cassandre's talent was widely recognized early on, and he became the first poster artist to be honored with a one-man show at New York's Museum of Modern Art in 1936. He is generally considered the greatest poster artist of the century for his creation of the Machine Age Style (since the 1980s called Art Deco). Many of his 60 plus original vintage posters are amongst the most expensive and sought after of all posters.
Cassandre's cerebral style was difficult to mimic, but its influence was worldwide. It is best seen in the work of his student, Fix-Masseau, and the later work of Broders. Others strongly influenced by Cassandre included Colin, Carlu, Satomi, Sepo, and Bernard in France; Marfurt in Belgium; Nizzoli and Riccobaldi in Italy; Morach, Diggelmann, and Matter in Switzerland; and Alexeieff in England.
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For more, visit our past gallery exhibition featuring Cassandre:
Art Deco Poster Masterpieces 1921-1939
A Century of Modernist Posters