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"Hawaiiana," Extraordinary Art Deco Cubist Surreal Painting after Pearl Harbor
By Robert O. Bach
Located in Philadelphia, PA
Saturated with the brilliant hues of earth and sea, and filled with symbols and signs of Hawaii's spectacular landscape and rich history -- including an angry Hawaiian king with his ...
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Vintage 1940s American Art Deco Paintings

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Watercolor

"Nude in Surreal Landscape," Important Art Deco Painting by Radio City Artist
By Eduard Buk Ulreich
Located in Philadelphia, PA
Painted by Eduard Buk Ulreich, who contributed a set of murals to Radio City Music Hall in Rockefeller Center in New York, as well as WPA murals across the nation, this beautiful dep...
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Vintage 1930s American Art Deco Paintings

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Watercolor, Gouache, Paper, Pencil

"Nudes with Hats," Surreal Painting with Male Couple and Sleeping Female, 1949
By Robert Lohman
Located in Philadelphia, PA
Painted during the heyday of American Surrealism, this watercolor depicts a sleeping nude female figure holding a laurel wreath, seemingly disconnected from a pair of male nudes saun...
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Vintage 1940s American Art Deco Paintings

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Paint

"Trio," Rare and Early Oil Painting of Three Nudes in Surreal Landscape by Lear
By John B. Lear
Located in Philadelphia, PA
A contemporary of Paul Cadmus, and like him, highly focused on depicting the male figure in various settings and positions, John Lear never gained fame beyond his circle of admirers ...
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Vintage 1950s American Art Deco Paintings

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Canvas

"Looking Toward Temple Rock," Surreal Ptg. by Edward Buk Ulreich
By Eduard Buk Ulreich
Located in Philadelphia, PA
This surrealist scene of a robed woman looking back at an island topped with a diaphonous temple is mysterious and mesmerizing. It was signed and dated 1935 by Edward Buk Ulreich, an...
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Vintage 1930s American Art Deco Paintings

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Paint

Fernand Renard Reverse Painting on Glass, 1939 Paris Surreal Trompe L'oeil
By Fernand Renard
Located in Plymouth, MA
Early rare masterpiece by this well listed French artist Fernand Renard born in 1912 and known for the trompe l'oeil decoration of the Bunny Mellon potting shed. Very unusual represe...
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Vintage 1930s French Art Deco Paintings

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Glass

A Close Look at Art Deco Furniture

Art Deco furniture is characterized by its celebration of modern life. More than its emphasis on natural wood grains and focus on traditional craftsmanship, Art Deco furniture is an ode to the glamour of the “Roaring Twenties.”

The term Art Deco derives from the name of a large decorative arts exhibition held in Paris in 1925. Art Deco textile designers employed dazzling floral motifs and vivid colors, and while Art Deco furniture makers respected the dark woods and modern metals with which they worked, they frequently incorporated decorative embellishments in their pieces, such as exotic animal hides as well as veneers. Today, the style is still favored by designers looking to infuse interiors with an air of luxury and sophistication.

From mother-of-pearl inlaid vitrines to chrome aviator chairs, bold and inventive works in the Art Deco style include chaise longues (also known as chaise lounges) and curved armchairs.

At 1stDibs, browse Art Deco furniture by designer, including works by Georg Jensen and René Lalique, or by category, from angular chairs and sculptural burl wood tables to lighting and decorative objects.

Finding the Right Paintings for You

When paired with the perfect frame, the right wall decorations can either subtly showcase your personality or steal the show altogether. 

The earliest paintings were created on the walls of caves, proving even our ancient ancestors knew that striking artwork is meant to be on display. Cave paintings on an Indonesian island are reportedly older than the earliest cave art in Spain and France, and the figurative paintings back then were produced with inorganic pigments like iron oxide. Later, the people of Ancient Greece — who learned about art from the Egyptians before them — conceived panel paintings of wax and tempera that were collected and publicly displayed. In the centuries that followed, artists would be commissioned to create large-scale wall murals and frescoed ceilings in sprawling European palaces and in the homes of the aristocracy.

Today, 1stDibs makes it easy for you to celebrate this rich history in your own home. Our collection of paintings includes Art Deco paintings, baroque art and a broad range of other categories. Search by material, period or other attributes to find the right fit — browse an array of 19th century landscape paintings in giltwood frames or abstract oil paintings and portraits made during the 1950s and ‘60s.

An understated contemporary work can complement your space’s color palette without drawing the focus away from the other pivotal design choices you’ve made over the years. Roy Lichtenstein’s Pop art, on the other hand, demands attention with its array of vibrant hues and subjects inspired by popular culture. 

Whether you aim to create a gallery in your home or build a single, stunning focal point, you can find what you’re looking for in an extensive inventory of paintings on 1stDibs.