A Special View on … Perspective II

Perspective II, design by Adolphe Jean-Marie Mouron, known as A.M. Cassandre, was born in Kharkov, Ukraine, on January 24, 1901. His parents were French. After a childhood spent shuttling back and forth between Russia and France, he settled in Paris with his family in 1915 and completed his schooling there. ln 1918, after attending the Ecole des Beaux-Arts very briefly, he enrolled in Lucien Simon’s independent studio and later at the Academie Julian.
In 1935, Cassandre signed an exclusive contract with the firm of Draeger Freres for the French editions of his posters.
After a retrospective exhibition of his posters at the Museum of Modern Art in New York in January 1936, Cassandre signed a contract with Harper’s Bazaar for the magazine’s covers. He spent the winters of 1936-37 and 1937-38 in New-York. He designed several projects for posters, but only a few of them were actuaIly published. But, stimulated by his meeting with the painter Balthus in 1936, he began to devote a good deal of his time and energy to easel painting. None of the paintings of this period are extant. On his return from New York, Cassandre settled in Paris again.
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In 1950, a major retrospective exhibition at the Musee des arts Decoratifs revealed to the public Cassandre’s richly diverse work in the graphic and plastic arts over the previous twenty-five years.
Cassandre divorced his second wife in 1954. After designing sets for the Comedie-FranÁaise, the May Festival in Florence, the Bayerische Staatsoper in Munich, the Festival de l’oeuvre du XXe Siecle in Paris, among others, he rounded off his theatrical oeuvre by designing the settings and costumes for Racines tragedies at the Comedie Francaise in 1959. Time-consuming as they were, however, these activities did not prevent him from carrying on his graphic, typographical and pictorial work; he designed several posters, logotypes, record jackets and typefaces for Olivetti typewriters.
Professionally, Cassandres final years were distinguished by the creation of his last typeface, Cassandre, specially designed for photo-composition, which was to remain unpublished until after his death, and its epigraphic version, Metop. Cassandre died in Paris on June 17, 1968.
Perspective II
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