This highly collectible and sought after rare work by the prëeminent poster artist Cassandre is perhaps his finest piece. This poster advertises the Chemins de Fer du Nord train to Belgium from France that featured luxury pullman-style accommodations. The poster’s dominant feature is a l’oiseau bleu (bluebird) speeding past a graphic train signal. Superb art deco hand lettering wraps the poster’s edges.
Fun fact: The train was named for L’Oiseau Bleu, a 1908 play by Maurice Maeterlinck for which he won the Nobel Prize.
Offered here is the original 1929 stone lithograph mounted to conservator’s linen and framed in glossy black hardwood with anti-glare glass face. 28 × 44 inches including frame.
Cassandre, aka Adolphe Jean-Marie Mouron (1901-1968)
From brainpickings.org: “Cassandre is celebrated as one of the most influential graphic designers in history. Though perhaps best-known for his iconic 1932 Dubonnet wine posters, … Cassandre created an enormous corpus of graphically groundbreaking work, including travel posters, typefaces, and advertising. His sensibility was influenced by cubism, surrealism and the work of painters like Picasso and Ernst, yet his aesthetic was breathtakingly original.”