Carpets of the Art Deco Era
This illustrated volume studies the influence of early 20th century avant-garde art and architecture on the design of carpets, from the roots of an abstract approach in the stylized natural forms of Arts and Crafts and Art Nouveau to the bold colour and shape of Art Deco. The survey reviews regional styles across Europe and America and includes designs by celebrated artists including Léger and Miró.
A Kind of Magic
Art Deco Vanity Cases
Framed in the context of 1920s social history, fashion and culture, this highly illustrated volume offers analysis of an eclectic range of Art Deco vanity cases – from elaborately embellished cigarette and lipstick holders to a box crafted to look like a trompe l'oeil book complete with diamond clasp. The accessories featured were recently donated to the V&A by Freddie Mercury's sister, Kashmira Bulsara.
Flourishing between 1920 and 1939, Art Deco has become one of the most widely influential and enduring styles of the 20th century. In this sumptuous, large-format volume, Norbert Wolf examines the intellectual and art historical backgrounds from which it emerged and, as well as discussing the vast range of works in Art Deco style, including architecture, painting and sculpture, stage design and ceramics, he looks at ‘parallel artistic worlds’ including the Bauhaus designers and figurative artists such as Picasso and de Chirico.
Statuettes of the Art Deco Period
Art Deco statuettes produced in the 1930s first became sought-after collectors’ items in the 1970s. Here, art consultant Alberto Shayo shares his expertise, explaining influences on the design (Egyptology, music hall, the Olympic Games) and methods used to produce and sell the figurines. Colour plates of the statuettes are organized, with short biographies, according to artist – from Dominique Alonzo to Bruno Zach – and original catalogue pages reveal how some pieces were first presented for sale.
The Art Deco Jester King
Born in Vienna, Roland Paris (1894–1945) lived and worked in Berlin during the interwar years, and his work, although made in the Art Deco period, has an idiosyncratic style, using grotesques, caricature and mockery in depictions of clowns, jesters, devils and temptresses. This volume presents an illustrated biography of Paris and over 180 pages of photographs showing his figurines in plaster, wood and bronze, and works on paper.
Master of Art Deco
Born in Romania, Demetre Chiparus studied in Paris and stayed on to experience the cultural explosion of the inter-war years. He became an iconic Art Deco sculptor, his delicate figurines – which depict elaborately dressed dancers, children and animals – enjoying great popularity. Charting his life and influences, and the materials and foundries he used, this updated volume of the 1993 publication includes colour plates of his work, recently discovered pieces and a selection of his paintings.
Masterpieces of Art
Beginning with an illustrated introduction explaining the origins and characteristics of the art deco style, this portfolio presents a cross section of some the finest examples of the art and graphic design of the period. Among over 90 featured works are paintings, posters, costume and set designs, book illustrations and magazine covers, by artists including Tamara de Lempicka, Robert Delaunay and Erté.
The Golden Age of Graphic Art and Illustration
Beginning with an exploration of the ideas and influences that contributed to the exuberant new style of the 1920s, this illustrated survey covers the two areas in which Art Deco triumphed: fashion and advertising. It looks at the work of artists such as Tamara de Lempica, Erté, René Lalique and Georges Barbier in fashion, and AM Cassandre and Paul Colin in advertising, but also describes the media in which they worked and the social context of their extraordinary graphics.
Art Deco Fashion
Masterpieces of Art
After an account of the Art Deco style, its fashion designers and artists, and the lifestyle and look of the women who wore the clothes, Gordon Kerr presents a gallery of over 100 of the movement's best illustrations. The reproductions include fashion plates and other artworks by artists such as Georges Barbier, Tamara de Lempicka and, of course, Erté (Romain de Tirtoff). Masterpieces of Art series.
Art Deco Master of Graphic Art and Illustration
The Russian emigré artist Romain de Tirtoff is best known by the phonetic French rendering of his initials: Erté – and for many is synonymous with Art Deco. In the course of his long life he was key to the development of the style in the 1920s, and lived to see its revival in the 1970s. This well-illustrated volume surveys his life and work, including his jewellery, furnishings, magazine covers for Harper's and his seminal sets for the Ziegfeld Follies.