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Art Deco Paintings

ART DECO STYLE

Art Deco furniture is characterized by its celebration of modern life. More than its emphasis on natural wood grains and focus on traditional craftsmanship, vintage Art Deco dining chairs, tables, desks, cabinets and other furniture — which typically refers to pieces produced during the 1920s and 1930s — is an ode to the glamour of the “Roaring Twenties.” 

ORIGINS OF ART DECO FURNITURE DESIGN

CHARACTERISTICS OF ART DECO FURNITURE DESIGN

  • Bold geometric lines and forms, floral motifs
  • Use of expensive materials such as shagreen or marble as well as exotic woods such as mahogany, ebony and zebra wood
  • Metal accents, shimmering mirrored finishes
  • Embellishments made from exotic animal hides, inlays of mother-of-pearl or ivory

ART DECO FURNITURE DESIGNERS TO KNOW

VINTAGE ART DECO FURNITURE ON 1STDIBS

Few design styles are as universally recognized and appreciated as Art Deco. The term alone conjures visions of the Roaring Twenties, Machine Age metropolises, vast ocean liners, sleek typography and Prohibition-era hedonism. The iconic movement made an indelible mark on all fields of design throughout the 1920s and ’30s, celebrating society’s growing industrialization with refined elegance and stunning craftsmanship.

Widely known designers associated with the Art Deco style include Émile-Jacques Ruhlmann, Eileen Gray, Maurice Dufrêne, Paul Follot and Jules Leleu.

The term Art Deco derives from the name of a large decorative arts exhibition held in Paris in 1925. “Art Deco design” is often used broadly, to describe the work of creators in associated or ancillary styles. This is particularly true of American Art Deco, which is also called Streamline Moderne or Machine Age design. (Streamline Moderne, sometimes known as Art Moderne, was a phenomenon largely of the 1930s, post–Art Nouveau.)

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 such as exotic animal hides as well as veneers in their seating, case pieces, living room sets and bedroom furniture.

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. Today, the style is still favored by interior designers looking to infuse a home with an air of luxury and sophistication.

The vintage Art Deco furniture for sale on 1stDibs includes dressers, coffee tables, decorative objects and more.

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Style: Art Deco
"Harvest Landscape", Art Deco Mural Study for Tivoli Gardens, Copenhagen
Located in Philadelphia, PA
Proof that Scandinavia equalled France in its embrace of Modernism and what we now call Art Deco, this important mural study was made by Jais Nielsen in 1923 for Tivoli Gardens in Co...
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1920s Danish Vintage Art Deco Paintings

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"Portrait of Antonello Falqui", 1935-Vintage Painting of Young Man, Later in TV
Located in Philadelphia, PA
This mesmerizing portrait of an intense and handsome young man, dating to circa 1935, shows him with a thick head of dark hair, deep set eyes and a sensuous mouth -- someone with int...
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1930s Italian Vintage Art Deco Paintings

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"Procession in Bali", Atmospheric Oil Painting by American Muralist, 1930
By Carl W. Brandien
Located in Philadelphia, PA
Highly atmospheric and full of mystery, this 1930 painting by muralist Carl Brandien depicts a procession of Balinese figures walking down the heart of a valley that is framed by pal...
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1930s American Vintage Art Deco Paintings

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Antique Church Drawing, Lovely Wall Decoration Painting Signed Frans Vanderveken
Located in Hampshire, GB
This stunning vintage painting of a Belgian church located in Gent, 3 Torens Belgium Baudelostraat 9B/9b - is a one-of-a-kind piece that will add beauty and elegance to any space. Cr...
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1950s Belgian Vintage Art Deco Paintings

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Organic Material, Paint, Paper, Parchment Paper

Oil on Canvas by Jens Sørensen, Denmark 1920’s
By Jens Sørensen
Located in Valby, 84
Oil on canvas by Danish artist Jens Sorensen (28 September 1887 - 29 September 1953) Jens Sørensen, 1887-1953, Danish painter, briefly educated at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine A...
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1920s Danish Vintage Art Deco Paintings

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"New Mexico Panorama", Southwest Landscape Masterpiece, probably Frank Applegate
By Frank Applegate 1
Located in Philadelphia, PA
Treated almost like a diptych, with two sheets of paper joined together to form one panoramic scene, this watercolor masterpiece -- probably by Frank Guy Applegate -- depicts a serie...
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1920s American Vintage Art Deco Paintings

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"St. George and the Dragon", Fabulous Art Deco Painting by Manne Östlund, 1934
Located in Philadelphia, PA
One of the most fanciful and dramatic depictions of the St. George and the Dragon story we have ever seen, this painting by Manne Östlund shows a shirtless, modern St. George slaying...
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1930s Swedish Vintage Art Deco Paintings

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"Lounging Nude in Marrakesh", Brilliant Oil Painting, Pinto, collected by Barnes
By Salvatore Pinto
Located in Philadelphia, PA
Painted in a brilliant palette of orange, deep red, sky blue and forest green, this scene of a half nude female figure lounging on a black settee probably dates to the 1930s when Sal...
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1930s American Vintage Art Deco Paintings

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"Restraining the Bull", Striking Art Deco Painting w/ Shirtless Male Figure
Located in Philadelphia, PA
Dramatic and bold, this painting of a shirtless man restraining a bull -- his skin dark as night, and the bull's hide as pale as moonlight -- is a classic example of Art Deco design....
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1930s American Vintage Art Deco Paintings

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"The Fall of Icarus", Dramatic 1940s Painting w/ Male Nude by Emlen Etting
Located in Philadelphia, PA
Philadelphia artist Emlen Etting returned again and again to the theme of Icarus Falling, in part because it gave him an opportunity to depict the nude male in motion. This is the fi...
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1940s American Vintage Art Deco Paintings

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"Tunisian Man in White Shirt", 1930s Watercolor Painting by Porter Woodruff
Located in Philadelphia, PA
This piercing and powerful portrait of a Tunisian man with an open-necked shirt provides a glimpse into the life of artist Porter Woodruff in North Africa. Woodruff was best known fo...
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1930s Tunisian Vintage Art Deco Paintings

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"Pipe Fitters", 1951 Paean to the Working Man by Gere, Wisconsin Painter
Located in Philadelphia, PA
Although this painting dates to 1951, a few years after the Works Progress Administration (WPA) period ended in the 1940s, this tight composition of two pipe fitters doing their work in a cramped space is very much akin to America's Depression-era murals that celebrated the American worker. The painter was Byron Gere...
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1950s American Vintage Art Deco Paintings

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Large Beautifully Framed Original Figural Oil Painting by Philippe Henri Noyer
Located in Chicago, IL
A lovely original original oil painting by French artist, Philippe Henri Noyer (1917-1985). Untitled. This unique work appears to feature two older well dressed men (with a dog) si...
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1970s French Vintage Art Deco Paintings

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Canvas, Wood, Paint

"Chinese Noblewoman w/ Lotus Flowers & Orchids", Art Deco Painting, Pink & Blue
Located in Philadelphia, PA
Brilliantly painted in deep pink, sky blue and ivory tones, this 1936-vintage oil painting depicts a Chinese noblewoman in an embroidered gown and elaborate headpiece, flanked by sym...
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1930s American Vintage Art Deco Paintings

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"Mail by Stagecoach, Lynn to Lowell", WPA Mural Study by Aiden Ripley
Located in Philadelphia, PA
An evocative and atmospheric example of WPA mural painting, this large study in watercolor and crayon depicts a stagecoach being loaded with mail and passengers for the journey from ...
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1930s American Vintage Art Deco Paintings

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"Children of the Crucible", Striking Art Deco Mural by Beck, T. Roosevelt quote
Located in Philadelphia, PA
This important and very rare mural study, executed in oil on canvas, was painted by Dunbar Beck in the 1930s, evidently for a project that was never completed. The painting depicts i...
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1930s American Vintage Art Deco Paintings

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Edwin C. Siegfried (American 1889-1955), “Marsh At Sunset”, Pastel On Paper.
Located in Chicago, IL
Edwin Siegfried (American, 1889-1955), Marsh at Sunset, pastel on paper, signed lower right, sight: 21"h x 35.5"w, overall (with frame): 28.5"h x 39.5"...
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1930s American Vintage Art Deco Paintings

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Glass, Wood, Paper

"Portrait of Swedish Student", Art Deco Painting in Blue and Gray by Söderberg
Located in Philadelphia, PA
Beautifully painted in a quiet palette of blue, gray and warm skin tones, this portrait of a college student with blonde hair and fair complexion was made by Ernst Söderberg in 1920....
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1920s Swedish Vintage Art Deco Paintings

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"State Fair Scene with Horses & Merry-Go-Round", American Scene Painting, 1947
By Edmund Brucker
Located in Philadelphia, PA
Large and dynamic, this 1947-vintage painting depicts a shirtless man handling a high-spirited Percheron horse that won a blue ribbon at the Indiana st...
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1940s American Vintage Art Deco Paintings

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"On the Beach", Art Deco Painting of Reclining Young Man in Swimsuit
Located in Philadelphia, PA
Charming and full of light, this gouache painting of a young man in a black swimsuit lounging on a wide beach was painted by Louise Alix in the 1950s. The man's rosy complexion, the...
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1950s French Vintage Art Deco Paintings

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"Standing Model", Male Nude Painting in Blue by Åkerblom, Oil on Canvas, Sweden
Located in Philadelphia, PA
Boldly painted in an expressionist palette that calls to mind the work of Edvard Munch and other Nordic painters who were in the artistic vanguard of the 20th century, this depiction...
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1940s Swedish Vintage Art Deco Paintings

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"Leda and the Swan, " Important Painting by Rene Buthaud
Located in Philadelphia, PA
Like many of his contemporaries in the 1920s and 1930s, in both America and France, Buthaud was fascinated with figures from classic mythology. Leda and the Swan was a motif he retu...
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1940s French Vintage Art Deco Paintings

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Paul Meltsner, Portrait of a Youth, American Modernist Realism O/C, c. 1940
Located in New York, NY
American Art Deco Modernist Social Realism Paul Raphael Meltsner Portrait of a Youth Oil on canvas Circa 1940 DIMENSIONS CANVAS: 26 x 20 inches FRAMED: 30 .5 x 24.5 inches DETAIL...
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1940s American Vintage Art Deco Paintings

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"Herod and Salome", Sensuous Art Nouveau/Art Deco Painting in Blue and Green
Located in Philadelphia, PA
Stylized, yes, but sensuous and powerful, this transitional Art Nouveau-Art Deco painting depicts King Herod whispering into the ear of Salome, calling upon her to deliver the head o...
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1910s Swedish Vintage Art Deco Paintings

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Raphaël DELORME (1885-1962) « Jeune femme dans son intérieur »
Located in Saint-Ouen, FR
Raphaël DELORME (1885-1962) « Jeune femme dans son intérieur » Oil on panel Signed Lower right Framed 36 x 32 cm Total 50 x 47 cm Raphaël Delorme was a French painter born in 1885 ...
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1920s French Vintage Art Deco Paintings

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ROBJ, Large Oil on canvas, Wall Panel, Couple near the Pound, 1930
By ROBJ
Located in Saint-Amans-des-Cots, FR
Oil on canvas signed ROBJ, France, 1930s. Couple near the Pound. with frame - 134.6x107x7 cm - 53"x42"x2.75" ; without frame - 116x89 cm - 45.7x35 inches. 50F format. Signed "Robj" l...
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1930s French Vintage Art Deco Paintings

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"Orpheus with Lyre and Cape", Fine Art Deco Eglomise Painting in Gold and Wine
Located in Philadelphia, PA
An elegant and sophisticated example of high style Art Deco eglomise painting, this depiction of a stylized Orpheus figure with lyre and cape is painted in rich tones of gold, black ...
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1930s French Vintage Art Deco Paintings

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"Picking Roses", Art Deco-Jugenstil Painting of Classicized Woman in Rose Garden
Located in Philadelphia, PA
Richly colored and stunningly beautiful, this 1920s depiction of a female figure in Classic Greek garb, her hair in a bun and her dress radiantly dyed candy-apple red, was painted by...
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1920s Swiss Vintage Art Deco Paintings

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"Greek Goddess", Original Art Deco Painting for "L'Odyssée" by Schmied, 1928
Located in Philadelphia, PA
This richly detailed painting of a Greek goddess in Classical robes, standing atop a flight of steps with two heavily veiled attendants below, was made by François-Louis Schmied, one...
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1920s French Vintage Art Deco Paintings

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Pair decorative paintings garden view signed Herminia Bosch, Austria Mid Century
Located in Wien, AT
Pair of stunning paintings, decipting two outside scenes, terraces or garden views, made by the Austrian painter Herminia Bosch, Mid-Century, made in the 1940s/50s. The pictures ar...
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Mid-20th Century Austrian Art Deco Paintings

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"After the Bath", North African Scene w/ Female Nude by Robert, Art Deco
Located in Philadelphia, PA
This rich tapestry of life in and around a quiet courtyard in North Africa -- with domes, towers and minarets in the distance, and a woman lingering on a balcony to one side -- was p...
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1920s Swiss Vintage Art Deco Paintings

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"Dancing Angel", Classic 1940s Tempera Painting with Nude Male Figure
Located in Philadelphia, PA
Reminiscent of the work of Jared French in its material (tempera), its color palette and its approach to the male figure, this lovely depiction of two dancing angels, one in the fore...
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1940s American Vintage Art Deco Paintings

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"Pueblos", Classic WPA-Era Mural Study with Native Americans for Los Angeles, CA
Located in Philadelphia, PA
This classic example of WPA-period mural painting, executed by Verona Burkhardt for the Immigration and Naturalization Center in Los Angeles, depicts five Pueblo Indians in the foreground and a magnificent landscape of canyons and Pueblo dwellings in the background. This served as a study for one of five large canvases she delivered to California in 1941 or 1942, but the building was cordoned off due to America's entrance into World War II. Burkhardt (or Burkhard) was the daughter of two important artists and was introduced to painting and crafts at an early age. In her prime, she won seven U.S. Government mural commissions in national competitions for buildings in Wyoming, Montana, North Carolina, and Washington, D.C. She settled in Grand Junction...
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1940s American Vintage Art Deco Paintings

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Original Emile Aubry Art Deco Painting "La Voix De Pan", Groupe Symbolique
Located in Vienna, AT
Emile Aubry, France, 1932 documentation, comparable with a similar work - catalogue "Salon des Independents" Paris from 1932 Muse´e des Beaux-Arts, Pau, Be´arn, Pyre´ne´es-Atlantique...
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1930s French Vintage Art Deco Paintings

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Acrylic, Plywood

"Knockout", Superb Art Deco Painting by François-Louis Schmied, Book Designer
Located in Philadelphia, PA
This superb depiction of two nude male boxers at the height of their fight, one knocking out the other, was painted by François-Louis Schmied, one of ...
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1920s French Vintage Art Deco Paintings

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"Two Women Lounging", Richly-Imagined Portrait of Figures in Satin & Silk, 1940s
Located in Philadelphia, PA
Voluptuous in its approach to scene and palette, this sumptuous portrait of two women, lounging side by side amongst pillows and fabrics in satin and silk, was painted by Rudolph Sch...
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1940s American Vintage Art Deco Paintings

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"Playing Ball", Superb Art Deco Painting w/ Male Nudes by François-Louis Schmied
Located in Philadelphia, PA
This vivid and sensual painting of two nude male figures, each ready to toss a ball into the air, was executed by François-Louis Schmied, one of France's two leading artists speciali...
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1920s French Vintage Art Deco Paintings

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"Design for Art Deco Rug", Geometric Painting in Deep Pink, Blue and Gray
Located in Philadelphia, PA
Highly stylized and rich with geometric forms -- including concentric circles, stacks of triangles and a lightning bolt motif -- this original painting was clearly made for an Art De...
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1930s Swedish Vintage Art Deco Paintings

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"Labor", Handsome WPA-Era Painting with Nudes by Muralist Lichtenauer
Located in Philadelphia, PA
Because Joseph Mortimer Lichtenauer is best known for his public murals, it's not surprising that this easel painting -- with its frieze-like array of nude and Classically dressed fi...
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1930s American Vintage Art Deco Paintings

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"Sant Petro", Cubist/Art Deco Painting of Church w/ Palm Trees, Blue and Green
Located in Philadelphia, PA
Brilliantly painted in tones of blue, green and warm brown, this fractured view of a church and palm trees along the Mediterranean, the building's tower and apse depicted in a golden...
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1950s Swedish Vintage Art Deco Paintings

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"Coca-Cola and Coffee", Important Industrial Design for 1949 Vending Machine
Located in Philadelphia, PA
An astonishing and important example of Moderne-Mid Century Modern industrial design, this original watercolor rendering of a short-lived Coca-Cola/coffee vending machine was painted...
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1940s American Vintage Art Deco Paintings

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"Nudes with Fruit Bowl", French-Influenced 1940s Painting, Oil on Canvas
Located in Philadelphia, PA
Clearly influenced by Raoul Dufy, Marie Laurencin and Hollywood set designs, this striking depiction of two nude female figures around a table with a bowl of fruit was painted in 194...
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1940s American Vintage Art Deco Paintings

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"Young Woman in Blue Dress", Stunning 1940s Portrait of Blonde Female
Located in Philadelphia, PA
This fresh and vibrant portrait of a young woman with glowing blond hair and a blue 1940s frock is one of the finest World War II vintage portraits we have ever offered. Her complex...
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1940s American Vintage Art Deco Paintings

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"Shepherd with Staff", High Style Art Deco Painting by Schmied, Book Illustrator
Located in Philadelphia, PA
This elegant and lovely depiction of a shepherd with his staff, clearly influenced by classic Greek painting and pottery, was made by François-Louis Schmied, one of France's two lead...
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1920s French Vintage Art Deco Paintings

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"Pinned Down", Wrestling Scene from Late 1920s by William L'Engle
Located in Philadelphia, PA
One of a small series of paintings by William L'Engle dating to the late 1920s, this striking watercolor depicts a pair of wrestlers -- one Black and one lighter-skinned -- in the throes of a match, with one gripping the other in a scissors hold around his opponent's waist. L'Engle was a towering figure in the Provincetown art colony, and was extremely well connected to America's artistic elite, starting with his trip to Europe as a young man with Waldo Pierce...
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1930s American Vintage Art Deco Paintings

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Pair of Oils on Canvas Mounted on Panels, Follower Paul Jouve, Period, Art Deco
Located in CRÉTEIL, FR
Very nice pair of academic paintings, two oils on canvas mounted on panels. These two works are attributed to a follower of Paul Jouve. The first painting is the portrait of a na...
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20th Century Art Deco Paintings

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Antique Signed Janson Belgium Oil on Canvas Painting of Young Boy Smoking
Located in GB
We are delighted to offer for sale this lovely original circa 1930's Belgium oil on canvas of young boy smoking which is part of a suite Please note the delivery fee listed is jus...
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1930s Belgian Vintage Art Deco Paintings

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"Neptune's Kingdom", Elaborate Art Deco Painting with Mermaids, Hippocampi
Located in Philadelphia, PA
High style and highly-stylized, this Art Deco painting by Bruno Seuchter presents an aquatic scene teeming with life, centered around Neptune with his trident held high. Surrounding ...
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1920s Austrian Vintage Art Deco Paintings

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"Bulls and Grasshoppers", Original Art Deco Painting for Wallpaper Design, 1920s
Located in Philadelphia, PA
Brilliantly executed in primary colors -- scarlet, deep sky blue, yellow and white -- this original painting (not a pochoir) depicts an interwoven array of Egyptian symbols -- including Apsis the bull, symbol of fertility; grasshoppers, and ancient column capitals. Executed in France, probably as the basis for a 1920s wallpaper design, the firm's name and the artist's name are both signed in ink or pencil. In the 1920s, archaeological expeditions led by Howard Carter and others in Egypt led to the discovery in 1922 of the treasure of Tutankhamun...
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1920s French Vintage Art Deco Paintings

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"Story of Pennsylvania", Large Art Deco Masterpiece for Finance Bldg, PA Capitol
Located in Philadelphia, PA
A large and remarkable masterpiece from the heyday of Art Deco mural painting, this colorful and detailed study was made by Eugene Savage in preparation for an enormous ceiling mural...
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1940s American Vintage Art Deco Paintings

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"Nudes in the Surf", Atmospheric Painting with Male Nudes and Horses
Located in Philadelphia, PA
Continuing a tradition going back decades, Josef Pieper painted a series of seaside scenes with multiple nude male figures, riding and leading horses along the shore, their strong bodies...
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1920s German Vintage Art Deco Paintings

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"Calla Lily and Purple Hills", Social Realist Painting of Oklahoma Landscape
Located in Philadelphia, PA
A striking and richly-hued example of American Scene painting, this depiction of a yellow calla lily framed by undulating hills in tones of purple and red was painted by Richard Taflinger. The artist's celebration of his native Oklahoma landscape...
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1940s American Vintage Art Deco Paintings

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"Zodiac w/ Helios and Cornucopia", Fabulous Art Deco Mural Study by Savage
Located in Philadelphia, PA
Painted by Eugene Savage -- arguably, America's most successful and prolific muralist in the Art Deco style, with important surviving paintings dating from the 1920s to the 1950s -- ...
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1930s American Vintage Art Deco Paintings

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"The History of Los Angeles", Important Art Deco Mural Study w/ Major Landmarks
By Alexander Rosenfeld
Located in Philadelphia, PA
A late entry in America's string of public murals painted in the 1930s, 40s and 50s telling the story of various towns and regions, this 1962 Art Deco study b...
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1960s American Vintage Art Deco Paintings

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"Zeus and Gods of Olympus", Art Deco Masterpiece by Schmied for "L'Odyssee"
Located in Philadelphia, PA
This magnificent depiction of Zeus presiding over the gods of Olympus was painted by François-Louis Schmied, one of France's two leading artists specializing in high-end book design ...
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1920s French Vintage Art Deco Paintings

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"Belly up to the Bar", Depression-Era Tavern Scene by Iver Rose
Located in Philadelphia, PA
This quintessential Depression-era scene depicts a series of men at a tavern, slouching or leaning against the bar's edge and quaffing shots of hard liquor. The bar's occupants seem...
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1930s American Vintage Art Deco Paintings

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"Young Man in Taxco", Portrait of Shirtless Mexican Youth, 1930s oil on canvas
Located in Philadelphia, PA
Beautifully painted in glowing, deep ruddy and brown tones, this sensitive portrait of a young man in Taxco was painted by Ralph Dwight Ayer in the ...
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1930s American Vintage Art Deco Paintings

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Antique Signed circa 1930 Belgium Oil on Canvas Painting of Young Boy Smoking
Located in GB
We are delighted to offer for sale this lovely original circa 1930's Belgium oil on canvas of young boy smoking which is part of a suite Please note the delivery fee listed is jus...
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1930s Belgian Vintage Art Deco Paintings

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Art Deco Paintings for Sale on 1stDibs

Art Deco paintings might not have been as abundant as other decorative art forms when the movement first materialized in the early 1900s, as there wasn’t a painting-specific component of the 1925 Parisian exhibition that gave way to the term Art Deco. But many artists — such as those working as magazine illustrators, glass artists or sculptors — embraced the characteristics of the fashionable style even if painting wasn't their primary medium.

While sculpture and painting were initially secondary Art Deco media, Art Deco paintings were still lively and rich. As part of a reaction against the organic forms and floral motifs that underpinned Art Nouveau, Art Deco painters introduced geometric abstraction and distortion in their work. Painters working in the Art Deco style were inspired by Cubist forms and the bright colors of Fauvism, and an offshoot of Art Deco painting emerged in the 1930s as murals, a way to decorate buildings in the United States after the Great Depression.

Dunbar D. Beck, Witold Gordon, René Buthaud, Erté and Emil Fiala are some of the painters associated with Art Deco that you can find on 1stDibs.

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