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This is a powerpoint presentation about the Art Deco Movement in Art History. To best assess this presentation, download the preview, which contains 16 actual slides. The thumbnails show another 4 slides. This listing contains text excerpts, below. In all, there are 153 slides. Many of these slides have more than one image since items like jewelry, furniture, fixtures, fashion, movie sets, ceramics and the like are shown. Unlike my slides which mainly involve paintings and thus one painting per slide, these objects don't look right singly. Thus, a single art deco tea cup also has a ceramic vase on the same slide. Paintings are still one per slide.

EXCERPT ART DECO:

Art Deco was a visual arts design movement. It first cropped up in France just before WWI began (1914). It continued to flourish internationally in the 1920s, 1930s and 1940s. After World War II (1945), it finally lost popularity.

Art Deco expressed glamour, pleasure, and escape. It mirrored the newly mechanized world yet also drew upon both classical European design and avant-garde art.

Art Deco was egalitarian by embracing all art forms. It was not snobbish about what kind of art was “better.” So fine art, sculpture, architecture, crafts, textiles, and so forth were all on the same level playing field.

During the Depression, the movies showed sumptuously decorated apartments and gorgeously garbed film stars. This was how the public was exposed to the art deco style.

A small percentage of people, the well to-do, were the ones who owned the actual art deco pieces. That is true today as well since they are sold as valuable antiques.

Art Deco was adopted the most in architecture, interior design, poster art, furniture, jewelery, textiles, fashion and industrial design.

The most frequent question is what is the difference between Art Nouveau and Art Deco. Here are the key differences:

ART DECO loved technology. It followed rectilinear forms. It preferred symmetry to asymmetry. It respected the new machines, new materials and mass production. It was not concerned with the natural world and organic forms.

ART NOUVEAU loved the natural world so used organic motifs. It followed the curvilinear forms found in nature. Its dynamic, undulating, and flowing lines preferred a syncopated rhythm and asymmetrical shape. It did not like technology.

The two are thus quite different. However, they came close together in time, both were egalitarian and both had beautiful objects in consumer goods and beautiful architecture.

Both gravitated towards posters instead of art but that may not have been by choice. Painters are used to be being first in the arts. These movements would not put them first and other movements, which were going on contemporaneously, were willing to put them first.

EXCERPT: PAINTER Tamara de Lempicka

Tamara de Lempicka, 1898 – 1980, was a Polish Art Deco painter. She was the leading artist of Art Deco across two continents. Hollywood stars called her “the baroness with a brush,” as their preferred artist.

The upper classes, including the aristocracy, made her the top portrait painter of her generation. Her well connected friends got her the best display space for her paintings too.

Her style developed from Cubism and she was called either a “soft Cubist” or “synthetic Cubist” as Cubism was splintering into its later factions.

She and her second husband got out of Europe and to America in time to escape the Nazis. In the 1940s, her art waned in popularity, just like Art Deco itself did. She tried a new style and it was hated so she stopped showing her work.

Her work was rediscovered in the 1970s. A play was made of her life. Her work has not gone out of style again. Her collectors are still among the Hollywood crowd, with Jack Nicholson, Madonna and Barbra Streisand owning a lot of it for their art collections.

EXCERPT: Erté

Romain de Tirtoff, 1892-1990, was a Russian-born French artist and designer. He was and is known by the pseudonym Erté, from the French pronunciation of his initials.

He used an assumed name so as not to embarrass his father, who had expected him to follow the family line of work: high ranking naval officers.

Erté was a multi talented 20th-century artist and designer. He is best remembered for his illustrations of beautiful, stylish women which appeared on the most fashionable magazine covers.

His “women” were an ideal of the Art Deco era. His popularity continues through to today as posters of these works have remained very popular.

EXCERPT: PAINTER Lawren Harris

Harris, 1885 – 1970, might well be turning over in his grave at being designated an Art Deco artist since he has otherwise always been identified with the Canadian Group of Seven, who painted brilliant landscapes of Canada in the early 20th century.

But there is no denying that Harris used the forms which repeat again and again in Art Deco architecture. Just as one instance, several of the paintings shown here are very reminiscent of the geometric shapes in the Chrysler Building.

During the 1920s, Harris's works became more abstract and simplified. He painted bold and stark landscapes of the Canadian north and Arctic. It is that work which has an Art Deco style to it.
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