only at the new Martin Lawrence Galleries Located at The Forum Shops at Caesars
Considered the Father of Art Deco, Romain de Tirtoff, the Russian-born
French artist and fashion designer known by the pseudonym, Erté, (derived from the
French pronunciation of his initials R and T) is one of the most influential
artists of the 20th century. A favorite of collectors and celebrities
from around the globe, an unprecedented collection of his work is making its
arrival to Las Vegas at the recently opened Martin Lawrence
Galleries at The Forum Shops at Caesars on Thursday, December 1st
d’oeuvres from 7 p.m. – 9 p.m., this special night celebrating his vast and
extraordinary portfolio will include rare original works, limited edition
hot-stamped and embossed serigraphs and bronze sculptures. Also on display
will be The Clasp, a jeweled evening bag (with a price tag of $780,000)
brought to life. from Erte’s design in celebration of the artist’s
110th anniversary. The entire collection will be presented for
viewing and available for acquisition. Also available will be the newly
published collector’s book Erté, A Celebration, and
The Alphabet, which Erté began designing in 1927 and completed
in 1967 and is being offered for $4,950,000. Special appearances will be made by
Ray Perman, former CEO of Christie’s International and current
Managing Director of Sevenarts, LTD and Grosvenor Gallery London and
Charlotte Perman of Martin Lawrence Galleries, New York. Both
will be on-hand to share intimate and fascinating stories from their personal
relationship with the artist.
over 200 covers of the famed Harper’s Bazaar magazine, Erté’s
work also appeared in such publications as Illustrated
London News, Cosmopolitan, Ladies’ Home Journal, and Vogue.
The influence of his work as a result of the high visibility of these
periodicals produced an entire art movement that was to become known as “Art
Deco”. Throughout this period, the artist also 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. His creations for the stage included extravagant
designs for productions at such venues as New York’s Radio City Music Hall, the
Casino de Paris and the Paris Opera.
special collection to our Las Vegas gallery so quickly,” explains Gallery
Director, Stacie Goulet, “The work of Erté belongs to a world of luxury and
decadence, the golden age of the 1920s and 1930s. The very term conjures up
romantic images; huge ocean liners on the moonlit seas; the sound of clinking
cocktail glasses and the sound of a raucous jazz band echoing from the ships
glamorous ballroom…which, if you think about it, sounds like the Las Vegas of
today. There is not another city in the world where luxury is infused with
glamour and entertainment like in Las Vegas, and the resorts on the Strip are
the modern-day luxury liners. This is truly a special show and we are proud to
present it to the city and the people of Las Vegas.”
is perhaps best rememebered for his extravagant costumes and stage sets that he
designed for the Folies-Bergère in Paris and George White’s
Scandals in New York, which exploit to the full his taste for the
exotic and romantic, and his appreciation of the human figure. In 1925,
Director Louis B. Mayer contacted Erté to do costume and set design for the
silent film, Paris. Other titles which he designed include
Ben-Hur and The Mystic.
on a new career and began to recreate the remarkable designs of his youth in
bronze and serigraphy. The Art Deco movement was hence reborn. With this
special celebration of his work, Martin Lawrence Galleries, the U.S.
representatives of the Erté estate collection and the largest single source of
Erté originals, print and sculpture anywhere in the world, invite art
collectors, art enthusiasts and anyone fascinated by the brilliant art deco
period, to view this world-class exhibition where one can view, learn about and
acquire works by this timeless master.
- Winter in Paris
- Bird Pin
- Fedora Butterfuly
- Florida (Pearl Dress)
- California (Turquoise Dress)
- Crystal Mask
business for over 35 years, has galleries in prime locations around the country
such as Soho in New York City, Newbury Street in Boston, Royal Street in New
Orleans, Oak Brook Center, Oak Brook, IL, Dallas Galleria, Dallas, TX, Geary and
Beach Streets in San Francisco, Fashion Island in Newport Beach, CA, Prospect
Street in La Jolla and Front Street in Maui.
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departure from the flowing asymmetrical organic curves of its predecessor style
art nouveau; it embraced influences from many different styles of the early
twentieth century, including neoclassical, constructivism, cubism,
modernism and futurism and drew inspiration from ancient Egyptian and Aztec forms.
deco was purely decorative. Art Deco was essentially an eclectic style; its
artists and designers plundering a diversity of historic sources.
Simultaneously, however, it emphasized modernity, employing the latest
industrial materials and techniques. It was this fusion of history and modernity
that gave Art Deco its unique character. Ultimately, this world of exuberance,
vitality and beauty was a world of fantasy, a world as escapist as any of the
Hollywood musicals of the same era due to the Great Depression.