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Pierre Fix-Masseau
"Orient Express," Lithograph Poster by Pierre Fix-Masseau

1981

$1,500

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"Orient Express" is a lithograph poster by Pierre Fix-Masseau. The artist signed his name in the lower right of the image. This piece depicts a fashionable woman smoking in one of the rooms of the Venice Simplon Orient Express, a train line. 38 11/16" x 24 3/8" art Son of sculptor Pierre Felix Fix-Masseau He worked with Cassandre His posters for France's national railroads, Chemins de Fer, the National Lottery and the tobacco company, Regie des tabacs are some of the most celebrated. Pierre Fix-Masseau was a leading poster designer in the Art Deco period whose work reveals a fascination with the high speed and new technology which typified the preoccupations of the age. Transport was one of the most popular themes in Art Deco posters and Fix-Masseau’s work is dominated by ships, cars and trains. Where Art Nouveau was characterised by swirls and curves, Art Deco was defined by geometry and straight lines which were ideally suited to this new subject matter. Consequently the leading poster artists of the day - Rex Whistler, Cassandre and Fix-Masseau - would often be commissioned by companies wishing to promote leisure and tourism. Fix-Masseau’s artistic philosophy: ‘be simple, be direct, and use a universal language’ was exactly suited to the medium of the poster. ‘Exactitude’ from 1929 is Fix-Masseau’s most celebrated work. The painting depicts a boldly foreshortened image of a train which has just pulled into a station – the title and the precision of the image suggesting that it is exactly on time. The painting is typical of the period with strong lines, sharp angles and dark block. French Railways turned the painting into a poster to be used in a promotional campaign by the French State (Etat) Railway. Fix-Masseau went on to produce a series of posters for the company which aimed to reflect the speed and glamour of train travel at this time. It was an exciting time, full of innovation in design, technology and lifestyles. In 1936 the artist was commissioned by Renault to promote a new line of cars brought out in response to France’s first paid holidays. The new cars had bigger boots, wider openings and comfier seats ideal for a day out with a picnic in the country.

Details

  • Creator
    Pierre Fix-Masseau (1905 - 1994, French)
  • Creation Year
    1981
  • Dimensions
    Height: 37.69 in. (95.74 cm)Width: 24.375 in. (61.92 cm)
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  • Movement & Style
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  • Condition
  • Gallery Location
    Milwaukee, WI
  • Reference Number
    Seller: 9307g1stDibs: LU60534993931

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