Great Gifts – Artist – Erte – The Father of Art Deco


moved to France at age nineteen and worked for a time sketching for

Paul Poiret and designing opera and theater costumes.

Father of Art Deco – Style Echoed Roaring Twenties

Suites of Paintings – Lithographs and Affordable Fine Art. His discipline both in art and in exercise (twenty minutes a day like clockwork) combined with his passion for beauty perhaps explains his longevity. Between 1914 and

the 1930s he created many magazine covers for Harper’s Bazaar.

Erte’s Longevity and Daily Discipline for Exercise

Erté himself defined Art Deco “as a fusion of the

curvilinear designs of Art Nouveau of the 19th Century with the Cubist,

Constructivist, and geometrical designs of modernity.”

Art Deco was primarily a design style attributable to architecture, fashion and print. This volume allows a lower price tag and thus affords more prints and thus more owner the world over.

Romaine de Tirtoff born November 23rd, 1892- April 21st, 1990, best known as simply Erté. The automobile, the radio ushered in exuberance. It is considered by many architects to be the finest example of architecture in New York City.  Interestingly, Walter Chrysler financed the building himself rather than the car manufacturer, he wanted his children to inherit that building.

The Art Deco movement

permeated all of the United States in

everything from fashion, furniture, to jewelry, and even textiles and architecture. Art Deco became very popular in the 1920s

and 1930s in both the United States and Europe.

Art Deco Style of Art

Erté lived to be 97 years old and continued to work well

into his final years. In the United States he worked for Flo Ziegfeld and designed costumes for the film Ben Hur

(1959). Art Deco is more streamlined.

Some have related the Art Deco style of art as the follow-up style to the Art Nouveau movement. Influenced by Indian miniatures, his designs, illustrations,

and drawings are sophisticated and highly stylized.”

Erte’s work is housed in the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York as well as at the Smithsonian. Even in exercise, Erté was an innovator – 20 minutes a day – and what a great way to break it up – 15 minutes in the morning before breakfast and 5 minutes in the evening.

Two artists who are best known for this era – Erte the Father of Art Deco and Rene Lalique a jeweler and glassmaker. And the favorite fashion and artwork were attributable to the Art Deco style. Art Nouveau peaked around 1905 and the roaring twenties roared until the stock market crash in the United States in October 1929.

One of the many great things about this master artist is his body work includes lithographs in quantities of 300 or more. The Chrysler

building in New York, designed by William Van Alen and complted in 1930 is commonly given as an example of Art Deco style in


The 1920s is a time often referred to as the “roaring twenties”, a time of jubilee denoted by jazz music, flapper dresses and new technology