Poster, UNIC, 1932
Slim ankles cross to show off elegant shoes in Cassandre’s 1932 poster for the French luxury brand UNIC. Equally sleek from every angle, they seem to dance before our eyes. Cassandre suspends them in a creamy void, but simultaneous profile and frontal views suggest the shoes in motion. Eliminating extraneous information, he focuses the eye around the axial ankles, isolating objects of lust. He simplifies the shoe’s classic style into smooth, volumetric forms, while retaining remarkable detail—neat stitching, scalloped tongues, and perforated toe caps attest to the shoes’ craftsmanship, and highlights accentuate their supple leather.
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Its dimensions are
H x W: 160 × 119 cm (5 ft. 3 in. × 46 7/8 in.)
Cite this object as
Poster, UNIC, 1932; lithograph on paper; H x W: 160 × 119 cm (5 ft. 3 in. × 46 7/8 in.); Gift of Merrill C. Berman in honor of Caitlin Condell; 2016-12-1
This object was previously on display as a part of the exhibition The Jazz Age: American Style in the 1920s.