Golden Arrow - Hand Signed by Fix Masseau

  • 13201
  • Fix Masseau
  • 24.5” x 39”
  •  1989
  • $500
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  • The Fix-Masseau illustrated poster of the Golden Arrow is a not only great reminder of the artist’s practiced Art Deco niche but as well a reminder of the luxury of the Golden Arrow train. The poster features crisp colorization, geometric shapes and the precise elegance of the once popular Golden Arrow. The poster shows the smooth black luxury train arriving on a fervently Deco stylized platform edge.
     
    The Golden Arrow (Flèche d’Or in French) was a luxury boat train of the Southern Railway and later British Railways. It linked London with Dover, where passengers took the ferry to Calais to join the Flèche d’Or of the Chemin de Fer du Nord and later SNCF which took them on to Paris. The Golden Arrow was introduced in 1926 as an exclusively first-class Pullman with service between Paris and Calais. As a result of the decline in demand for rail travel between London and Paris, the last Golden Arrow ran on 30 September 1972. In its later existence, only the first class section was advertised as a Pullman service (Wikipedia).
     
    Pierre Fix-Masseau (1905-1994) had a long career beginning in the 1920’s. He is known as a leading poster designer of the Art Deco style. In the beginning of his career he worked closely with renowned poster artist, Cassandre from 1926 to 1928. This influence is seen in his use of simple forms with creative perspectives. Fix-Masseau’s style also makes use of bright primary and secondary colors. Fix-Masseau designed this poster towards the end of his life at the age of 85. During his lengthy career Fix-Masseau maintained his distinctive art deco crisp style and he continued to create new posters well into the 1980's. He is especially well known for his images of the Venice Simplon Orient Express.
    This is an Original Vintage Poster; it is not a reproduction. This poster has been hand signed in pencil by Pierre Fix Masseau. It was printed by Atelier Mourlot on heavyweight paper and is in excellent condition. We guarantee the authenticity of all our posters.

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