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Erte, "Rendezvous"

Hand Signed & Numbered Serigraph, Unframed, 30 x 23

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Erte, "Rendezvous"


Known as the father of Art Deco, Romain de Tirtoff, known commonly as Erte, is one of the most celebrated and prolific artists of the 20th century. With an artistic career that ranges from art to fashion to set design, it is characteristic for each of Erte`s unique pieces to showcase a multifaceted array of talents. Erte`s famed piece "Rendezvous" displays all of his talents in full-force as it depicts two lovers dressed in intricately stylized garbs, as they rendezvous underneath a silhouetted backdrop of trees, a statute of Cupid, and an open night sky that is illuminated by stars.

Romain de Tirtoff, commonly known by his pseudonym "Erte," was born on November 23, 1892 in Saint Petersburg, Russia. In 1912, at just 20 years of age, Erte relocated to Paris to pursue an artistic career. The following year, Erte began working with Paul Poiret, a leading French fashion designer known as the founder of "haute couture." By 1915, Erte moved on to creating magazine covers for Harper`s Bazaar. During his 22 year career with Harper`s Bazaar, Erte created over 200 covers. During this time he also began a career in Hollywood designing sets. In 1967, Erte exhibited about 170 pieces of work in New York. Every single one of these pieces was purchased by the Metropolitan Museum of Art. That same year, Eric Estorick, a renowned American art collector and dealer, displayed Erte`s Alphabet Series in London. This art exhibition received overwhelming critical acclaim. Over his long career, Erte designed fashion, jewelry, graphic art, costumes, sets, and even interior dcor. As a result of his prolific career, Erte`s name has eternally been etched into the annals of art history as the man who breathed life into the Art Deco movement.