First presented to the world in Paris at the Exposition Internationale des Arts Decoratifs in 1925, the Art Deco movement became an international sensation that swept the world, leaving its mark on every aspect of the decorative arts. Furniture, jewelry, ceramics, fashion, architecture, even automobile designs were influenced by its geometric and streamlined art decoration. Artists blended simplicity, repetition, and symmetry with inspiration from Modern Art, Aztec, Egyptian, and Classical works. Materials including silver, ivory, and jade, as well as plastic, vita-glass, and other man-made mediums were used in these collectible art decorations. Though the movement was short-lived due to the advent of World War II, it remains an influential element in contemporary design.
Perhaps its most lasting influence is in architecture. Many projects were produced with collaborative efforts of architects, designers, sculptors and painters. Old Miami Beach, Florida is an environment of historic Art Deco buildings and an example of the movement's symmetrical facades, elongated curves, and geometrical lines. Other famous buildings include the Chrysler Building and Empire State Building in New York City, Broadcasting House in London, and Eros Cinema in Mumbai, India. Rio de Janeiro's Christ the Redeemer, a collaborative effort between Brazilian engineer Heitor da Silva Costa, Romanian sculptor Gheorghe Leonida, and French sculptor Paul Landowski, is the most famous Art Deco sculpture in the world.
The movement coincided with the Jazz Age, which made it readily adaptable for advertising. Its geometrical shapes and vivid colors are especially noticeable in vintage Art Deco posters such as A.M. Cassandre's transport posters and Paul Colin's Jazz posters. Other notable works in visual arts are Tamara de Lempicka's painting, The Baroness With a Brush, Rene Jules Lalique's glass sculpture, Spirit of the Wind, and Georges Lepape's illustration, L' Entracte. The timeless beauty of this work fits well into contemporary design, and you can purchase decorative arts, posters, and collectibles to bring a unique look to your home from our sellers' vast collections.
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