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Matterhorn – Vintage poster – Emil CARDINAUX – 1915 Sold

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Vintage poster Matterhorn

Emil CARDINAUX

circa 1915

Small original stone-lihographic print by Emil Cardinaux, signed in the stone and printed by Wolfsberg in Zürich. Showing the same view as the poster. Size of the sheet is 6x8 inches. The exact date of this lithography is not known, but for sure it was circa 1910 (see also T+1526 & T+2239). In 1908, inspired by the powerful work of Ferdinand Hodler, the painter Emil Cardinaux designed an avant garde poster for Zermatt. Drawn in a style, rather daring for its time, it is a monument to the beauty of the Matterhorn, blazing with colour and over hanging a valley cast in shadow. The image is reduced to its most essential form of expression and no excess detail is allowed to interfere with the aesthetic value of the subtle play of colour, enhanced by the lithographic printing process. Cardinaux's revolutionary poster freed the tourist poster from any realistic constraints and created a more dynamic graphic language. This poster would later influence numerous Swiss artists. This Cardinaux fine stone-lithography is a master piece in the Swiss poster History.

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