Sunday, February 5, 2012


Spring Rain
Serigraph on Paper
31 x 35.75 in (78.74 x 90.81 cm)
Private collection

The designs created by Erte (1892 - 1990), byname of Romain de Tirtoff, during his long and illustrious life influenced not only the world of theatre, film and fashion, but an entire art movement as well. The genius of the artist is evidenced by an enormous body of work that is considered among the most influential and unique of the 20th century.

His legendary career spanned nearly the entire length of his 97 years of life. In 1912, Erte moved to Paris and his unique talent was immediately recognized by the city's most established couturiers. In 1915, he 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.

A lifetime of international success and recognition has ensured this unique artist's place in the annals of art history, and his original designs grace the permanent collections of prestigious museums throughout the world.
His byname Erte was derived from the French pronunciation of his initials, R.T..