Visual & Decorative Arts Blog

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

Four Stories About Four Master Artists That You Might Not Know | Masterpieces of Art

Posted by Matt Knight

Often when we think of artists, we think of their major works. But aside from the impact they may have had on the art world, how much do we really know about these important figures? Today’s blog take a quick tour of four master artists, recounting a few interesting details from their early lives that you might not have know… 

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Topics: Alphonse Mucha, Louis Comfort Tiffany, Erte, Vincent van Gogh

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

A Brief History of Advent Calendars | Art Calendars

Posted by Catherine Taylor

Who doesn’t get excited for Christmas? Even if you don’t celebrate the actual holiday, the time off from work is something to be celebrated and enjoyed. But advent calendars were invented to make people even more excited in the run-up to Christmas.

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Topics: advent calendars, Erte

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 of Fine Gifts: A Celebration of Advent Calendars

Posted by Laura Bulbeck

Have you opened the first few doors in your advent calendar yet? As of last Sunday, December 1st, 2013, the Christmas season will have officially begun. Children and adults alike will begin the celebration together, as they pull out their traditional advent calendars and begin the countdown to Christmas Day. Though they grace our walls and fill our mornings with the opening a new door each time we wake, the origins of the calendar remain a mystery to the average individual. If you fall under this category, look no further! You are about to become well versed in the tradition of the advent calendar.

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Topics: advent calendars, Erte

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