Visual & Decorative Arts Blog

Top 10 Flame Tree Calendars | 20th-century Artists | Erté and Others

Posted by Laura Bulbeck

Our visually stunning art calendars feature a fantastic collection of works from prominent and beloved artists. Here’s a rundown of 10 of our best 2017 wall calendars featuring work from 20th-century artists.

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Topics: visual arts, art deco, art calendars, modern art, Flame Tree Calendars

Art Movements | Early 20th Century Art | A Modern Outlook

Posted by Laura Bulbeck

The twentieth century saw many radical changes in people’s lives: an increased pace of technological and industrial change; the rapid spread of large urban centres; the development of new means of transportation and communication; innovative scientific discoveries such as the X-ray and the theory of relativity; the growth of consumerism on a large scale; and the chilling reality of mass warfare. Against this background of social, political and technological developments, Western art also underwent a series of radical shifts.

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Topics: art deco, art nouveau, art movements, futurism, bauhaus

A Cocktail of Influences | Art Deco History

Posted by Matt Knight

The beginnings of the graphic art of Art Deco lie in the inspirational works of commercial artists such as the Czech artist Alphonse Mucha, who revolutionized poster art in Paris in 1895, and the French artists Jules Chéret and Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec. Their sensational poster depictions of cabaret at the Moulin Rouge in Paris influenced a generation of illustrators.

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Topics: art deco

Adapt, Experiment, Innovate: Erté's Methods | Art of Fine Gifts

Posted by Gillian Whitaker

The elegant figures and geometrical, bold designs of Romain de Tirtoff (1892–1990) – better known by the French pronunciation of his initials, Erté – are instantly recognisable and have left a lasting legacy in the art and fashion industries. Much of Erté's success stems from the sheer range of materials his works encompass, with his sinuous shapes and vibrant designs gracing not only magazine covers and book illustrations, but also jewellery, furniture, textiles, stage sets and costumes. Hailed as 'the father of Art Deco', the designer produced more than twenty thousand designs during his long life, and as a keen experimenter, he was growing in fame and continuing to sample new mediums for his art well into his nineties. Today we'll be taking a tour of the myriad forms his iconic, sleek designs took and how his eagerness to learn new techniques kept him and his work at the forefront of the design world.

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Topics: art deco, Erte

Stunning Art Deco Interiors | Flame Tree Calendars

Posted by Matt Knight

The Art Deco movement reached its apotheosis in the 1920s and 1930s. Instead of taking roots in historical influences it became an embodiment of the modern and the contemporary. Art Deco was originally synonymous with a luxury that limited it to the higher social classes, however mass production soon made it available to the middle classes that were emerging at the time. The style really took off in the United States but it was also the first truly global fashion, having found its way into all forms of design and into societies all over the world.

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Topics: art deco, art calendars

Gay Pride and Designer Erté | Art of Fine Gifts

Posted by Matt Knight

History was made this past weekend as the United States Supreme Court legalized same-sex marriage. Of course, news of this monumental event put an extra cheer into the Pride day celebrations on Saturday. Elaborate outfits and exceptional fashion paraded its way down the streets of London as pure love for the gay community was visually expressed. Reminiscing in all the outfits and designs, one would only know that the famous Art Deco designer, Erté, would have loved to be a part of this celebration.

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Topics: art deco, Erte

What's On at the Victoria and Albert Museum | Art Calendars

Posted by Matt Knight

With the tagline 'the world's greatest museum of art and design', the Victoria and Albert Museum (better known as the V&A) certainly creates high expectations and promises a lot, and it sure does deliver. Currently, there are over two thousand years of art in almost every medium in the museum's collections, from a multitude of places all over the globe. The contrast between walking through the grand archway that is the main entrance into the museum and the humongous, abstract Dale Chihuly chandelier hanging over the information desk in the lobby wonderfully illustrates just how much the V&A holds. While their special temporary exhibitions are very much worth seeing, it's a must-do to go and see the vast array of art the V&A has on permanent display. Here are just a selection of the movements and artists that the museum covers…

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Topics: V&A Museum, art deco, art calendars, William Morris

Charles Rennie Mackintosh and Looking Towards the Future

Posted by Catherine Taylor

Charles Rennie Mackintosh was an artist in the 19th century. More than this, he was a multi-talented artist-craftsman: painter, architect, furniture designer; the list goes on and on. His art was incredibly influential, and a lot of the motifs, patterns and principles of his work are still popular with today's audience and artists. 

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Topics: Charles Rennie Mackintosh, art deco, Masterpieces of Art

Art of Fine Gifts: Erté

Posted by Catherine Taylor

Although the renowned artist Erté died over 20 years ago, his art is still celebrated worldwide. Part of what makes him so amazing is that he was so widely talented: not only did he design costumes and sets for theatre, opera, and film, but he also created beautiful Art Deco fashion, jewellery and fashion illustrations. Because he had such immense gifts, it is no wonder that his work is still influential today.

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Topics: art deco, Erte

Art Deco Artists: Tamara de Lempicka

Posted by Nick Wells

Tamara de Lempicka was one of the most celebrated, and notorious art deco artists. Born in Poland in 1898 she lived in Russia before escaping the Russian Revolution to settle in Paris in the late 1917. Once installed she embarked on a series of paintings that guaranteed her a place in the glamorous society of 1920s Europe and America.

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Topics: art deco, Tamara de Lempicka

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