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Erté
Franzosischer Walter quand l'amour meurt

1951

$7,500

About

This piece is a unique, original gouache on paper by Erte, also known as Romain de Tirtoff. Erte was a vastly diverse artist who excelled in an array of fields including fashion, jewelry, graphic arts, costume and set design for film, theatre, opera, and interior decor. Erte designed over 200 covers for the popular magazine, Harper's Bazaar, as well as many others including Illustrated London News, Cosmopolitan, Ladies's Home Journal, and Vogue. This piece was created in 1951 as a costume design for a cabaret show. It is from the private collection of Hélène Martini, the famed cabaret owner. Martini is best known for her involvement with the Parisian cabarets and owns 10 nightspots and cabarets all over the city like The Folies Bergère, The Folies Pigalle and Rasputin. Erté was such great friends with Martini that he left his entire collection to her after he passed. This piece is hand signed on the front and also bears the stamp, title and registration number 12.224 on verso. This piece is unframed and measures 14.5 x 10.6 inches. Condition: partial hinge on verso from previous framing

Details

  • Creator
    Erté (1892 - 1990, Russian)
  • Creation Year
    1951
  • Dimensions
    Height: 14.5 in. (36.83 cm)Width: 10.6 in. (26.93 cm)
  • Medium
  • Movement & Style
  • Period
  • Condition
  • Gallery Location
    Chatsworth, CA
  • Reference Number
    1stDibs: LU56133554321

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About the Artist

Erté

Born Romain de Tirtoff (1892–1990) in St. Petersburg, Russia, to an aristocratic family, the artist known as Erté — a pseudonym derived from the French pronunciation of his initials — was a Renaissance man of the art and design world. He worked in graphic arts, interior design, fashion, jewelry and set design for the stage and silver screen, becoming a leader of the Art Deco style.

Moving to Paris in 1912, Erté worked as a fashion designer under couturier Paul Poiret before securing a job with Harper’s Bazaar as a cover artist. Over 22 years, Erté created more than 240 magazine covers alongside his ongoing work in fashion design. Extending his prolific career into theater sets, costumes, prints and lithographs, he became one of the most famous artists of the era. Erté’s style — a combination of the nature-inspired flourishes of Art Nouveau and bold, geometric linework — directly contributed to the birth of Art Deco, earning him the nickname “the Father of Art Deco.”

After a lull of creative production in the 1940s and 1950s, Erté reentered the public eye in the 1960s, when a renewed interest in Art Deco had taken shape. Creating colorful lithographs, bold serigraphs (silk-screen prints) and bronze sculptures, he contributed to a resurgence of the style in France and beyond. This late-life acclaim for his art led to exhibitions in museums and galleries all over the world as well as his first published monograph in 1970. That same year he was awarded the title of Chevalier du Mérite Artistique et Cultural and in 1976 was named Officier des Arts et Lettres by the French government. Today, Erté’s works are in the collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum, in New York, the Victoria and Albert Museum in London and LACMA in Los Angeles..

On 1stDibs, browse a collection of Erté art, including fine-art prints, paintings and other works.

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