L’oiseau bleu - Train Pullman, by Adolphe Mouron-Cassandre
Colour lithograph on paper. L'Oiseau Bleu was an international Pullman express train linking Antwerp with Paris. The train was named after the play L'Oiseau Bleu as a tribute to its author, the Belgian Nobel prize laureate Maurice Maeterlinck.
The Oiseau Bleu started as a luxury train operated by the Compagnie Internationale des Wagons-Lits as their second Pullman service between Belgium and France.
This poster was produced for the service's inaugural year in 1929. Cassandre blends the taut geometries of industrial Modernism with a great haze of steam, communicating a sense of disorienting speed. A blue bird is flying in front of steam from a speeding train with text running around the border.
Cassandre is His posters are memorable for their innovative graphic solutions and their frequent denotations to such painters as Max Ernst and Pablo Picasso.
Linen backing, good condition.