Train engine, left half of image; five slanted vertical white lines on blue ground, right third of image

Nord Express, 1927

Adolphe Mouron Cassandre; Designer: A. M. Cassandre; Printer: Hatchard et Cie.

Color lithograph

The Modernism Collection, gift of Norwest Bank Minnesota P.98.33.9

Not on View

While new transportation technology caused a great deal of change and upheaval, it was also celebrated as an exciting achievement. Cassandre portrays the modernism of the train with clean and simple shapes and emphasizes its power by having us look up at its towering iron form from a track-level perspective. He also emphasizes the speed of the railway with straight lines that disappear rapidly into the distance.

Cassandre's celebratory poster may have helped the public to see train trips as an enjoyable part of a journey rather than just a means of transport. Immediately upon boarding, passengers could escape the routine of ordinary life and enjoy the possibilities afforded by industrialization.

Image: In Copyright. The Modernism Collection, gift of Norwest Bank Minnesota

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