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Poster - Nord Express

Nord Express

  • Object:

    Poster

  • Place of origin:

    France (printed)

  • Date:

    1927 (printed)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Cassandre, born 1901 - died 1968 (designer)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Colour lithograph

  • Museum number:

    E.223-1935

  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level C, case MM, shelf 14

This advertising poster for Nord Express was designed by Adolphe Mouron Cassandre in 1927. It shows a stylised image of a train speeding towards the horizon, with a cloud of smoke and a blue sky above it. This poster was included in the V&A's Art Deco exhibition in 2003. The visual language owes much to Cubism, but belongs to the Art Deco in its imagery and the unmistakable modernity of the subject matter. The image communicates the glamour of travel in simple lines.

Physical description

A poster showing a stylized image of a grey train, with a cloud of smoke and a blue sky above it. Text on the top, bottom and around the frame of the image.

Place of Origin

France (printed)

Date

1927 (printed)

Artist/maker

Cassandre, born 1901 - died 1968 (designer)

Materials and Techniques

Colour lithograph

Marks and inscriptions

'Southern railway=chemins de fer Belges Chemin de fer du Nord Deutsche Reichsbahn ges.=Polskie koleje panstwowe Compagnie des wagons-lits Nord Express Hachard & Co Paris A.M. Cassandre Londres Bruxelles Paris Liege Berlin Varsovie Riga'
French, English, German, Polish; 'Southern railway=chemins de fer Belges Chemin de fer du Nord Deutsche Reichsbahn ges.=Polskie koleje panstwowe Compagnie des wagons-lits' is written around the frame Nord Express Hachard & Co Paris A.M. Cassandre' is at the top 'Londres Bruxelles Paris Liege Berlin Varsovie Riga' is at the bottom

Dimensions

Height: 105.4 cm, Width: 75 cm

Descriptive line

An advertising poster for Nord Express, Adolphe Mouron Cassandre, French, 1927.

Subjects depicted

Machines; Railway carriage; Trains (vehicle groupings); Travel; Smoke

Categories

Prints; Advertising; Transport; Posters

Collection

Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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