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A. M. Cassandre

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A. M. Cassandre (real name: Adolphe Jean-Marie Mouron) – born 24. 1. 1901 in Kharkov, Ukraine, died 17. 6. 1968 in Paris, France – graphic designer, type designer, painter, set-designer, teacher.


  • 1918: studies at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts, at the Académie Julian and with painter Lucien Simon in his studio in Paris.
  • 1921: starts designing posters.
  • 1922: has his first studio in Montparnasse in Paris, signs his works for the first time with the pseudonym "Cassandre".
  • 1930: starts producing work for the Nicolas company.
  • 1933: produces his first work as a set-designer. Teaches at the Ecole Nationale des Arts Décoratifs.
  • 1934–35: teaches at the Ecole d’Arts Graphique.
  • 1935: designs posters for French, Swiss and Italian clients.
  • 1936: contract with "Harper’s Bazaar" magazine, New York, for various covers.
  • 1939: returns to France. Works for the theater and the ballet and produces work in the field of free painting.
  • 1948: co-founder of the AGI (Alliance Graphique International). Until 1959 he produces sets for Aix-en-Provence, the Comédie Française, the Bavarian State Opera in Munich and for stages in Florence.
  • 1962: is made an officer of the Legion of Honor.
  • 1963: designs Yves Saint-Laurent’s trademark. With his combination of applied and free design, Cassandre was a model in the field of graphic design for several decades.

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