MarbeufLeo Rackowc1934 Paris
1Marbeuf 19.5 x 15 in. Unframed$325.00
2Marbeuf 19.5 x 15 in. Framed$475.00
3Marbeuf 31.75 x 24 in. Unframed$650.00
4Marbeuf 31.75 x 24 in. Framed$925.00
Dimensions are print size in inches.
- Period image of historical significance
- High-presence 7-color production
- 100% cotton archival fine art paper
- Beautifully crafted hand finished wood Art Deco styled frames with non-glare acrylic picture glass
- Allow 1-2 weeks for framing
This Art Deco print of Leo Rackow's Marbeuf depicts an innovative automobile showroom in Paris and is prime example of cubist influences. Created in 1934 while the artist spent time studying with Fernand Leger in Paris, Rackow's interpretation captures the buildings monumental glass showcase with automobiles visible on the various floors of its structure and its massive concrete plateau-balconies in a beautiful simplification of color and form.
Garage Marbeuf erected in 1929 was among the early examples of modern design dealing with a public space. In the 1920s the automobile was still a luxury. Steps from the Champs-Elysées, Garage Marbeuf was designed to attract and focus the eyes of passers-by on the accumulation of vehicles in the windows. Little did they know that one day the mass of cars would be on the streets and not in the showroom. The building was demolished in 1952.
Leo Rackow (1901-1981) was an artist and illustrator active in New York City from the mid 1920s through the 1960s. He designed posters for the United Nations, Rockefeller Center, Container Corporation of America, Macy's and cover designs for the New Yorker magazine. Rackow designed and painted the globe in the lobby of the Daily News Building in New York City.