|Erte - The father of Art Deco|
One of the most famous artists of the modern era was Romain de Titroff, better known as Erte. He was multi-talented, and today is remembered for his beautiful artwork as well as his significant contributions to the history of twentieth century art. Considered the father of Art Deco Design, his prolific career in theater, sculpture and the graphic arts spanned most of the 20th century. His style of illustrating women and men and the mood of society was in an unusually elegant manner. It was that display of opulence that created such fascination.
This past week two people inquired about the wonderful Art Deco Neckties that are illustrations of Erte Art Deco Artwork. One inquire from a lady was concerning a necktie she had purchased for her husband in an art gallery, ( illustrated below - right ). She was curious about the necktie design - specifically the artwork that was used in the design of the tie. This was a challenge for me however I did solve the mystery - it was two different Erte illustrations that were used by the designers to make this Erte Art Necktie.
|Erte Art Deco Tie|
The graphics are based on these two prints below "Summer Breeze" and "Beauty and the Beast." The colors are changed; and possibly this tie was made in more then one color scheme which is very common in necktie design. A design is produced in several color palates so that it will compliment different suit and shirt hues Summer Breeze was used in another Erte necktie design - image also below.
Erte’s illustration “Symphony in Black” has become the defining artwork of his career.
Erte is most famous for creating the Art Deco Movement of the 1920s that originated in France. His aesthetic was adopted as the popular aesthetic of the world, and it influenced everything from architecture to art and fashion. Erte was a painter, illustrator, costume designer, interior designer, bronze sculptor, tapestry maker, and more. His artistic skills were very diverse. Despite an impressive body of work including some of the most iconic bronze sculptures ever produced and over 200 covers for Harper’s Bazaar, Erte’s most famous work is without question his iconic Art Deco Illustration - "Symphony in Black" ( Art print illustration and Erte Symphony in Black necktie image below ).
|Erte Art Deco Print - Summer Breeze, |
Year circ 1982, Serigraph, signed limited
Edition to 300 26.5 X 19 inches.
Value aprox. $3750.00 USD
|Erte Art Deco Print - Beauty and the Beast|
Year circ 1985, Serigraph, signed limited
Edition to 300 24.5 X 21.5 inches
Value aprox. $4850.00 USD
During the last 30 years of last century a revival of Art Deco Style creating extreme interest and heighten value in the artwork and architecture that had its roots in the creativity of Erte. It was then that his work achieved enough appreciation that his life’s work could be produced to reach a greater market then what he could ever have imagined of interest in the decorative arts of the early 20th century. Erte’s artwork, in the form of lithographs, prints, limited edition produced sculptures and other mediums were offered in the finest galleries across the Globe.
“Symphony in Black” depicts a statuesque, slender, woman holding an elegant Greyhound on a leash. The woman is dressed very fashionably with a fur shrug, "avant garde" hat, and a dress with a striking silhouette, as the name suggests, the work is almost all in black. The image was re-created in a number of forms by Erte throughout his career including Erte bronze sculptures and paintings. It has been reproduced thousands of times since.
One of the main reasons Erte’s Symphony in Black experienced such wide scope in popularity is that it epitomized the Art Deco Movement which Erte is so famous for defining..The painting’s long and sleek lines and use of a statuesque female form in all black represents Erte’s unique aesthetic. Erte’s career was long and impressive. However, while it is difficult to sum up decades of work with a single work of art, Symphony in Black is that work.
|Erte art tie certificate of authenticity|
The Los Angeles Times an interview with Erte
Erte Art Deco Ties at Nice Tie Store