The image of the enormous hulking prow of the Normandie trans-Atlantic liner is one of the most famous and iconic in the history of poster-making. The artist credited with creating that image, "Cassandre" (Adolphe Jean-Marie Mouron), is credited with innovative graphic design solutions in advertising, implemented to great success in the years before World War II. Cassandre was born to Ukrainian parents in the Ukraine but was in Paris by the 1920's, thriving in the creative and artistic environment. After study at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts and the Academie Julian, the young artist came to excel in the design field, absorbing the flood of cubist and surrealist imagery and incorporating that imagery into his designs in poster-making, and, by the mid 1930's, even commissioned magazine covers for the likes of Harper's Bazaar. He was also an innovator in designing typeface, but, today, it is for his posters advertising travel that he is best known. This hand painted work (37 1/2" by 23") was probably created in the 1970's or 1980's. It is in a metal type frame of the period, with no glass nor Plexi protection. There are some edge losses at left due to the looseness of the frame, and a small dig in the blue field at right, none of which subtracts from the impact of this famous image.
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