Size: 24.25 x 37.75 inches
This poster from the famous Rizzoli Gallery in New York was for an exhibition of the work of Erté, a French-Russian artist sometimes known as the father of Art Deco. Born Romain de Tirtoff (the French pronunciation of his initials - R.T. - becoming his byname) on November 23, 1892 in St. Petersburg, Russia. A man of many talents whose creativity spanned women's fashion, sets for opera, poster art, costume design, theater tableau, sheet-metal sculpture, gouache illustration, typography, and even writing his autobiography.
In 1915, Erté began an association with Harper’s Bazaar by designing covers of each of their magazines for the next 22 years. The influence of his work as a result of the high visibility of this periodical influenced an entire art movement that was to become known as “Art Deco.” His highly-stylized lines, geometric shapes, bold colours, and glamorous designs make his artwork instantly recognizable.
This poster - which sees a typical Erté woman dressed in a glamorous headdress and fur shrug to walk her (equally handsome!) dog - is in overall very good condition with two tears in the top left margin, one at the corner and one just above the 'E' in Erté. Both will disappear when this piece is framed.