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Erté Paintings

Russian, 1892-1990

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, Erté became one of the most famous artists of the era. His 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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Artist: Erté
Martha, Act I (Chicago Opera), 1925
By Erté
Located in Greenwich, CT
Martha, Act I (Chicago Opera) from 1925 is a gouache on paper measuring approximately 9 x 7 inches and framed in a custom, closed-corner frame. Signed recto 'Erté' mid-right and stamped with Erte's Villa Excelsior block stamp and 'Composition originale' verso. Annotated in fountain pen verso 'No 659 Martha I acte Pour Madame Ganna Walska...
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20th Century Art Deco Erté Paintings

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Paper, Gouache

Untitled Fashion Design, 1920
By Erté
Located in Greenwich, CT
Untitled (Fashion Design) was created for Harper's Bazar and appeared in the February, 1920 edition of the magazine. This is a gouache painting on tissue paper measuring approximately 10 x 6.5 inches and framed in a custom, closed-corner Art Deco...
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20th Century Art Deco Erté Paintings

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Paper, Gouache

La Pendule (Au Réveil de Passé), 1923
By Erté
Located in Greenwich, CT
La Pendule from Au Réveil de Passé was created in 1923 and is a gouache on paper measuring approximately 15 x 10.75 inches and framed in a custom, closed-corner Art Deco...
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20th Century Art Deco Erté Paintings

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Paper, Gouache

Les Rois des Lègendes, Costume pour femme ésclave, 1919
By Erté
Located in Greenwich, CT
Les Rois des Lègendes, Costume pour femme ésclave from 1919 is a gouache painting on black paper, 10.75 x 9 inches, framed in a custom, closed-corner, Art Deco frame, 24 x 20 inches....
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20th Century Art Deco Erté Paintings

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Paper, Gouache

Le Roi Yvetot, 1919 (no. 227)
By Erté
Located in Greenwich, CT
Le Roi Yvetot (no. 227) from 1919 is a gouache painting on tissue paper mounted on board. The image size is 9.25 x 6 inches, framed in a gold-tone frame, 22.5 x 19 inches. Signed recto 'Erté' lower right, in the image and annotated verso, 'Les Rois des Lègendes, No 8, Le Roi Yvetot 227'. Erte name and 'Composition originale' stamps verso. Le Roi Yvetot is a design by Erte for the 1919 theater production of Les Rois des Lègendes. The King of Yvetot William Makepeace Thackeray: 1811 –1863 There was a king of Yvetot, Of whom renown hath little said, Who let all thoughts of glory go, And dawdled half his days a-bed; And every night, as night came round, By Jenny, with a nightcap crowned, Slept very sound: Sing ho, ho, ho! and he, he, he! That's the kind of king for me. And every day it came to pass, That four lusty meals made he; And, step by step, upon an ass, Rode abroad, his realms to see; And wherever he did stir, What think you was his escort, sir? Why, an old cur. Sing ho, ho, ho! and he, he, he! If e'er he went into excess, 'Twas from a somewhat lively thirst; But he who would his subjects bless, Odd's fish!—must wet his whistle first; And sofrom every cask they got, Our king did to himself allot, At least a pot. Sing ho, ho, ho! and he, he, he! To all the ladies of the land, A courteous king, and kind, was he; The reason why you'll understand, They named him Pater Patriae. Each year he called his fighting men, And marched a...
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20th Century Art Deco Erté Paintings

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Paper, Gouache

Optimism and Pessimism, 1927 (Harper's Bazar Cover - May 1929)
By Erté
Located in Greenwich, CT
Optimism and Pessimism, created in 1927, was the cover design for Harper's Bazar in May 1929. This is a gouache painting on board, signed recto 'Erté' lower right in the image, and f...
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20th Century Art Deco Erté Paintings

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Paper, Gouache

Demeter (Les Idoles, Folies Bergère), 1924
By Erté
Located in Greenwich, CT
Déméter from Les Idoles, Folies Bergère was created in 1924 and is a gouache on paper measuring approximately 14.75 x 10.5 inches. Framed in a custom, closed-corner Art Deco...
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20th Century Art Deco Erté Paintings

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Paper, Gouache

Troisemmè Dame, 1919
By Erté
Located in Greenwich, CT
Troisemmè Dame from 1919 is a gouache painting on paper, 12 x 9.5 inches, framed in a custom, closed-corner, Art Deco frame to 20.25 x 18 inches. Signed recto 'Erté' mid lower right ...
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20th Century Art Deco Erté Paintings

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Paper, Gouache

The Treasures of Indo-China, 1922
By Erté
Located in Greenwich, CT
The Treasures of Indo-China, created in 1922, is a gouache on paper, 15 x 11.25 inches and framed in a custom, closed-corner Art Deco frame. Signed rec...
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20th Century Art Deco Erté Paintings

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Paper, Gouache

La Prêtresse by Erté
By Erté
Located in New Orleans, LA
Erté (Romain de Tirtoff) 1892-1990 Russian-French La Prêtresse - Danseuse sacréeThe Priestess - Sacred Dancer Signed "Erté" (lower right) Inscribed "Les Rois des Légendes / N°3 / L...
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20th Century Art Deco Erté Paintings

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Silver

Le roi de Lahore by Erté
By Erté
Located in New Orleans, LA
Erté (Romain de Tirtoff) 1892-1990 | Russian-French Le roi de Lahore (The King of Lahore) Signed “Erté” (lower right) Inscribed "Les Rois des Légendes / No. 11 / Le Roi de Lahore /...
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20th Century Art Deco Erté Paintings

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Paper, Ink, Gouache

MADELEINE (ORIGINAL GOUCHE)
By Erté
Located in Aventura, FL
Unique, one of a kind original gouache on paper from Harper's Bazar series. Hand signed lower front by Erte; titled top front with studio catalog number on verso. Sheet size 10.7...
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1950s Art Deco Erté Paintings

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Gouache

BEYLA (ORIGINAL GOUCHE)
By Erté
Located in Aventura, FL
Unique, one of a kind original gouache on paper from Harper's Bazar series. Hand signed lower front by Erte; titled top front with studio catalog number on verso. Sheet size 10.7...
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1950s Art Deco Erté Paintings

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Gouache

LA PRINCESSE LOINTAINE: LES FEMMES DE MILISSINDE
By Erté
Located in Aventura, FL
Original on Gouache on paper. Hand signed on front; signed, titled, dated with dedication on verso. Stamped "Composition originale". Frame size 30.5 x 26.5 inches. Artwork is in e...
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1920s Art Deco Erté Paintings

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Gouache

1910's Art Deco Erte Gouache Painting Original Hand Signed Rare French Costume
By Erté
Located in Buffalo, NY
A rare original signed Art Deco gouache on paper by Erte (Romain de Tirtoff) . This stunning theatrical costume design is signed Erte at the lower right. The piece is 20 by 18 fram...
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1910s Art Deco Erté Paintings

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Pencil, Archival Paper, Gouache

Final - La Gamme - Russian Art Deco Fashion Design
By Erté
Located in London, GB
ERTE (Romain de Tirtoff) 1892-1990 St. Petersburg 1892-1990 (Russian/French) Title: Final - La Gamme Technique: Original Hand Signed Gouache on paper size: 31.4 x 15.4 cm / 12.4...
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Early 1900s Art Deco Erté Paintings

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Gouache

Érte, "Les chatters, deuxieme version", unique gouache, hand signed
By Erté
Located in Chatsworth, CA
A unique, original gouache on paper by Érte, also known as Romain de Tirtoff. Érte was a vastly diverse artist who excelled in an array of fields including fashion, jewelry, graphic ...
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1950s Modern Erté Paintings

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Gouache

Erté, Paysan Garçon, unique gouache, hand signed
By Erté
Located in Chatsworth, CA
A unique, original gouache on paper by Erté, also known as Romain de Tirtoff. Erté was a vastly diverse artist who excelled in an array of fields including fashion, jewelry, graphic ...
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1950s Modern Erté Paintings

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Gouache

Erté, "Costume pour le Raspoutine, " unique gouache, hand signed
By Erté
Located in Chatsworth, CA
This piece is a unique, original gouache on paper by Erte, also known as Romain de Tirtoff. It was created in 1957 as a costume design for a cabaret show and is from the private coll...
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1950s Modern Erté Paintings

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Gouache

Erté, Raspoutine, troisieme mannequin, unique gouache, hand signed
By Erté
Located in Chatsworth, CA
A unique, original gouache on paper by cabaret costume designer, Erté, also known as Romain de Tirtoff. Created in 1959 for the cabaret show, Folies Pigalle. From the private collect...
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1950s Modern Erté Paintings

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Gouache

Phi-Phi, rideau - Phidias - Premier acte fait pour les Bouffes-Parisiens
By Erté
Located in Chatsworth, CA
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, jew...
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1950s Modern Erté Paintings

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Gouache

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UNTITLED (ORIGINAL GOUCHE)
By Erté
Located in Aventura, FL
Unique, one of a kind original gouache on paper from Harper's Bazar series. Hand signed lower front by Erte with studio catalog number on verso. Sheet size 10.75 x 7.75 inches. ...
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1950s Art Deco Erté Paintings

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Located in Aventura, FL
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LA PRINCESSE LOINTAINE: LES FEMMES DE MILISSINDE
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1910's Art Deco Erte Gouache Painting Original Hand Signed Rare French Nude
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Located in Buffalo, NY
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Deux Oiseaux
By Erté
Located in Chatsworth, CA
This piece is a unique, original gouache on paper by Erte, also known as Romain de Tirtoff. This piece was created in 1955 as a costume design for a cabaret show, Narcisse. It is fro...
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1950s Modern Erté Paintings

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Deux Oiseaux
Deux Oiseaux
H 21.75 in W 17.75 in
DESIGN FOR FABRIC #7346
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Located in Aventura, FL
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Erté paintings for sale on 1stDibs.

Find a wide variety of authentic Erté paintings available for sale on 1stDibs. You can also browse by medium to find art by Erté in gouache, paint, watercolor and more. Much of the original work by this artist or collective was created during the 20th century and is mostly associated with the Art Deco style. Not every interior allows for large Erté paintings, so small editions measuring 7 inches across are available. Customers who are interested in this artist might also find the work of Erik Freyman, Sakti Burman, and Badri Narayan. Erté paintings prices can differ depending upon medium, time period and other attributes. On 1stDibs, the price for these items starts at $2,950 and tops out at $40,000, while the average work can sell for $6,400.

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