Awe-Inspiring Artist: Erte
May 6, 2009 § 1 Comment
Sigh. Erte. I don’t even know where to begin. Romain de Tirtoff was his real name, but he changed it to Erte to avoid disgracing his family, who wanted him to be a naval officer in early 20th-century Russia. I’m glad he didn’t do that, because he gave the world some of its most impressive set and costume designs. Folies Bergere has bragging rights on Erte as its costume designer, as does the Ziegfeld Follies. Both of these productions were known for their over-the-top, decadent stylings, dazzling women in scandalous sparkles and naked skin. So get ready.
I mean, holy crap. These aren’t the best quality images, but oh my gosh so much can be pulled from them. I LOVE the clean lines, the bold colors, the heavy, heavy use of white AS a color, a feature, use of negative space. Contrast, dimension, shadow. Beautiful.