This auction is for an original, ERTÉ Art Deco Print taken from a first edition book.
Published: 1982 by Balance House Ltd., New York
This is a genuine vintage print (not a modern reproduction).
The condition of the print is excellent, sourced from a First Edition book and printed on heavy quality, coated paper. The colours are still bright and vivid. The image measures approximately 8 1/4 inches x 10 3/4 inches and would look superb framed, either alone or in a group, for any discerning Erte aficionado!
Erté was the pseudonym given to Romain de Tirtoff (23 November 1892 – 21 April 1990), being the French pronunciation of his initials, R.T. He was a Russian-born French artist and designer who flourished in a wide variety of fields including fashion, jewellery, costume and set design for films, theatre and the opera. Between 1915 and 1937 Erté designed over 200 covers for Harper's Bazaar and his illustrations also appeared in publications including the Illustrated London News, Cosmopolitan, Ladies Home Journal and Vogue. He lived to be nearly 98!
Erté is perhaps most famous for his elegant fashion designs which capture the Art Deco period in which he worked. One of his earliest successes was designing for the French dancer Gaby Deslys who died in 1920. His delicate figures and sophisticated, glamorous designs are instantly recognisable, and his ideas and art still influence fashion into the 21st century. His costumes and set designs were featured in the Ziegfeld Follies of 1923 and many productions of the Folies Bergeres.
In 1925 Louis B. Mayer brought him to Hollywood to design sets and costumes for many of the Silent Films. By far his best known image is Symphony in Black, depicting a tall, slender woman draped in black holding a thin black dog on a leash.
In the New York Times Erté was described as "an Aubrey Beardsley who mastered the Foxtrot and occasionally broke into the Charleston". But whether his spectacular designs for Broadway, the Folies Bergeres in Hollywood or in the many exquisite fashion drawings from 1913 to 1972 which are contained in the fascinating prints I am now able to offer individually, Erté is always, unmistakably himself. An artist whose superb draughtsmanship and unflagging creativity renders everything he designs into an object of lasting beauty.
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