This dramatic poster by Cassandre is the perfect expression of the Art Deco style. Power and speed are the message of the streamlined, geometric design of ventilation cowls and smoke stacks. Even the wavy smoke trails evokes the rhythmic, abstract designs of the Jazz Age.
Cassandre burst on the Paris scene in the mid-'20s and was soon recognized as the father of a new, Machine Age poster style. Strongly influenced by modern art developments in Paris, his posters shocked the public with their dynamic spatial arrangements and abstract geometry. His travel posters for the Normandie, Étoile du Nord and Nord Express, all created in the late '20s and early '30s, are among the most recognized posters ever.
In 1936, Cassandre was honored with a one-man show at the Museum of Modern Art.