Antique Lithograph Poster-Red Star Line-Artist Henri Cassiers
Antique Lithograph Poster-Red Star Line colour lithograph poster. Artist Henri Cassiers 1858-1944
Poster: 34.75 x 24 inches
Framed: 42.25 x 30 inches
The poster has been cropped to fit frame. Very nice antique frame. Some minor damage as noted in photographs
Red Star Line / Antwerpen-New York. 1899.
The rich colors and fine design of a mother and child looking over the harbor at the Red Star Line’s Westerland ship make this a poster of enduring grace and beauty. Operating from Antwerp under the Belgian flag, the Red Star Line was a serious competitor to the Holland-Amerika Line until the Depression forced the company into bankruptcy. This boat was eventually repurchased by Holland-Amerika in 1939, and continued to run the Antwerp-New York route under the Red Star name.
Throughout his career, Cassiers designed over a dozen posters for this Belgian shipping company. This was the first and one of the best in the whole series, depicting the Westernland I within an unmistakable Art Nouveau context. Each poster was predicated on the simple idea of people watching one of the line's ships. After this first image, Cassiers began to use flat colors and only depicted Flemish peasants. For this first poster, Cassiers is still in thralls to traditional Art Nouveau as practiced in the artistic circles of Brussels, exemplified here by the child's hair and the decorative frieze of stars around the typography. The combination of the graphic and the painterly rendering of the sea and the ship create one of Cassiers' most spectacular posters.
Part Number: BB351502-575
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