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Les armures by Erté
Les armures by Erté
Les armures by Erté
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Les armures by Erté

  • This statuesque costume was created by Erté for a 1929 production of Aladin at Folies Bergère
  • The warrior character is clad in golden armor, set against a pristine white bodysuit
  • To complete this fierce ensemble, the warrior wields two razor-sharp daggers
  • The artist, Romain de Tirtoff, popularly known as Erté, is known oft called the Father of Art Deco
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Erté (Romain de Tirtoff)
1892-1990 | Russian-French

Les armures
(The Armors)

Inscribed “n°1.482” (en verso)
Gouache on paper

Erté created stage designs and costumes for Aladin, a theatrical production that drew inspiration from the enchanting tales of Arabian Nights. Staged at the renowned Folies Bergère in 1929, the production marked a convergence of Erté's vision with Eastern artistic influence. This gouache on paper entitled Les armures captures a warrior character resplendent in. . .
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Erté (Romain de Tirtoff)
1892-1990 | Russian-French

Les armures
(The Armors)

Inscribed “n°1.482” (en verso)
Gouache on paper

Erté created stage designs and costumes for Aladin, a theatrical production that drew inspiration from the enchanting tales of Arabian Nights. Staged at the renowned Folies Bergère in 1929, the production marked a convergence of Erté's vision with Eastern artistic influence. This gouache on paper entitled Les armures captures a warrior character resplendent in golden armor, set against a pristine white bodysuit adorned with golden motifs. The figure's actual face remains concealed, with the face shields extending from the neck to the torso, lending a formidable presence. To complete this fierce ensemble, the warrior wields two razor-sharp daggers, challenging any adversary. Emblematic of the Art Deco periods's bold patterns and natural influences, this creation by the “Father of Art Deco” himself is an exceptional example of Erté's finest work. 

Paris witnessed a remarkable cultural synthesis during the Art Deco period, and Orientalism played a significant role in shaping the city's artistic and intellectual milieu. At the same 1925 Paris Exposition Internationale des Arts Décoratifs et Industriels Modernes, often considered the naissance of the Art Deco style, many artisans prominently showcased Eastern-inspired designs and a growing appreciation for non-Western aesthetics. Productions like Aladin melded Orientalist aesthetics into Paris' artistic output in a new way. 

Russian-French visionary Romain de Tirtoff (1892-1990), popularly known as Erté, began his artistic journey in the culturally rich city of St. Petersburg, where he developed an early fondness for ballet and theatrical performances. He moved to Paris in 1912 to study architecture, and quickly found his creative niche in crafting fantastical costumes for the city’s bustling nightlife. Erté‘s expertise, refined under the guidance of the famed Paul Poiret, captured the attention of Harper’s Bazaar, marking the beginning of a significant partnership that spanned from 1915 to 1936. The artist also designed sets for notable cinematic masterpieces including Ben Hur and La Bohème, and created sets and costumes for cabarets, operas and other performances at the Folies-Bergères, Bal Tabarin, the Théâtre du Bataclan and Le Casino de Paris. Often remembered as the “Father of Art Deco,” Erté was a trailblazer whose colorful creations shaped the groundbreaking Art Deco era more than any other, leaving an indelible mark on the history of art and design. His artworks reside in prestigious museum collections worldwide, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, the Victoria & Albert Museum in London and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.

Painted 1928

Paper: 11 1/4“ high x 9” wide
Frame: 17 3/4“ high x 14 7/8” wide x 3/4" deep

Provenance:
Private collection, Paris
Private collection, Paris
M.S. Rau, New Orleans

Exhibitions:
M.S. Rau, New Orleans, Erté and the Era of Art Deco, October 14, 2023 - January 3, 2024
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Les armures by Erté
Period: 1919-Present
Origin: France
Type: Paintings
Style: Art Deco
Depth: 0.75 in. (1.91 cm)
Width: 14.25 in. (36.2 cm)
Height: 17.25 in. (43.82 cm)
Canvas Width: 9.000 in. (22.86 cm)
Canvas Height: 11.250 in. (28.58 cm)
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