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The Decorative Arts of the Forties and Fifties
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Our focus in this area is primarily on the early 20th Century with an emphasis on Dada and Surrealist movements in Europe and America. However, listings are not limited to those movements.

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Mouron, Henri, A. M. Cassandre, New York, Rizzoli, 1985, first edition, sq. 4to (11" x 10"), HB, red cloth boards w/ black spine titles & blind embossed cover titles in a white color-illus dust jacket w/ black titles, VG+ / VG+. Prev. owner's gift inscription to ffep, sticker scar to front pastedown. Wear to dj at extremities, a tiny tear to rear near spine now archivally repaired. A very nice copy..

315 pp. 398 b/w illus. 90 full page color plates. Biographical notes, bibliography, index of works. Cassandre's stunning posters and the influences of associations with Cubist and Surrealist painters.

“Written by his son, this monograph presents Cassandre's manipulation of typography and image - including work for the theater, the great typesetters of the time, as well as the posters. For Cassandre, designing a poster meant telling a story. He would take an object the Normandie ocean liner, a locomotive, a record, a wine bottle, or whatever and make it the center of attraction through bold geometry and witty pictorial drama. Aside from their strong nostalgic appeal, his famous posters of the 1920s and 1930s are memorable for their innovative graphic solutions and their frequent references to such painters as Ernst, de Chirico and Picasso. Cassandre, whose real name was Adolphe Mouron, was a highly influential commercial artist. This oddly impersonal biography by his son shows us the frustrated but prolific easel artist, successful theatrical designer, and creator of elegant typefaces and magazine art. Though the author fails to satisfactorily explain Cassandre's suicide, excerpts from his writings quoted here shed light on his uncompromising artistic ideals. Numerous full-page color reproductions make this a volume graphic artists will want to own.”    [Book ID # 1578]


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