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  • Design Credit: Samantha Todhunter Design Ltd., Photo Credit: Oliver Clarke. Dimensions: H 28 in. x W 21.75 in.
  • Design Credit: Lucy Harris Studio, Photo Credit: Francesco Bertocci. Dimensions: H 28 in. x W 21.75 in.
  • Design Credit: Timothy Godbold, Photo Credit: Karl Simone. Dimensions: H 28 in. x W 21.75 in.
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Erté
Letter "Z" from Alphabet Suite (Signed Erté)

1977

$3,475

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From the celebrated Alphabet Suite, stunning Art Deco lithograph/serigraph was designed by the Russian-born French artist and designer known by the pseudonym Erté, and produced by Atelier Gourdon in collaboration with Atelier Arcay in Paris, France in 1977. The composition offers a stylized lady in a teal dress draped in pearls and a diaphanous lilac head scarf adorned with streamlined dotted forms. This image creates the alphabet letter "Z". Additionally, a cursive letter "Z" adorns each of the corners of the composition. With its iconically Art Deco sensibility and refined palate, this piece is sure to delight enthusiasts of 1930s design, as well as those with a penchant for exquisite objects. Erté created the image as a maquette which was then transferred onto lithographic plates at Atelier Gourdon. The gold embellishment was added by means of serigraphy at Atelier Arcay. Proofs were pulled in Paris, which the artist approved. The lithographic series was then printed at Atelier Gourdon in Paris under the direction of Master Lithographer Marcel Salinas. The print was finally signed by the artist in pencil, by hand, at his studio in Paris. Numbered "283/350" bottom left and signed bottom right. The work comes presented in a custom gallery frame with gilded accents at each corner and is in excellent condition. France, 1977 Dimensions: Overall: 21.75"W X 28"H X .75"D Sheet: 19.5"W X 25.25"H

Details

  • Creator
    Erté (1892 - 1990, Russian)
  • Creation Year
    1977
  • Dimensions
    Height: 28 in. (71.12 cm)Width: 21.75 in. (55.25 cm)Depth: .75 in. (1.91 cm)
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  • Movement & Style
  • Period
  • Condition
  • Gallery Location
    New York, NY
  • Reference Number
    1stDibs: LU71138377932

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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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