Lot Details & Additional Photographs
Each a serigraph in colors with embossing, 1983, each pencil signed and numbered LXXXII/XC, images to include "Envy," "Pride," "Lust," "Sloth," "Gluttony," "Anger," and "Avarice," accompanied by Erté's Introduction and Colophon sheets, not contained within portfolio cover, unframed. (9 total sheets)
Sheet size 26 1/4 x 20 3/4 in.
An artist of myriad creative pursuits, Erté began his career in 1915 creating cover illustrations for Harper's Bazaar
magazine for 22 years. Blending curvilinear rhythms from Art Nouveau and the geometric motifs from Cubism and Constructivism, Erté's stylized illustrations, figures, and fashion designs were sought after by the chic and wealthy, and highly influential on the creation of the Art Deco art movement.
In addition to his illustration career, Erté created theatrical sets for Folies-Bergere
, Ziegfield Follies
, George White's Scandals
, and Moulin Rouge
. He created original costume and fashion designs for many of the era's most renowned screen actresses, including Joan Crawford, Lillian Gish, Marion Davies, Anna Pavlova, Norma Shearer and others.
At the age of 75, Erté was encouraged to embark on a new career recreating the remarkable designs of his youth in bronze and serigraphy. His original designs are included in the permanent collections of many prestigious museums throughout the world including New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art, Museum of Modern Art, the Smithsonian Institution and London's Victoria & Albert Museum.
Good condition with strong, vibrant colors; some creases to corners and in margins; few minor scuffs; introduction sheet with toning.