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Behind the Artist: Romain de Tirtoff (Erté)

Fashion, architecture, theatre, and art. In 2017, the study and intrigue of these cultural foundations can be traced back to one man: Romain de Tirtoff, or Erté. Until recent history, the very notion of leisure and non-utilitarian possessions were only reserved for the privileged. When 18th-century industrialism gave rise to a working class, art and culture rose. This population redefined the definitions of taste and luxury in a cultural renaissance. Fast-forward to the early 1900s, where the sp...

Historic Erte Exhibition at the Hermitage

The State Hermitage in St. Petersburg, Russia is remembering Erté with the first-ever solo exhibition held in the artist’s home country. Held June 21 to Sept. 19, “Erté: An Art Deco Genius,” was organized by the Hermitage in conjunction with galleries in London and New York. The exhibition is a homecoming for the artist’s work, as he was born as Romain Tirtoff in 1892 in St. Petersburg. Erté is one of the most successful artists of the 20th century, and is credited as a “genius of Art Deco” thro...

Peter Nixon Offers an Artist’s Perspective on One of His Favorite Paintings

We all have favorite works of art—paintings, sculptures, or other forms of artistic expression that connect with us on deep, emotional levels. Artists have their own favorites too. It can be exciting to hear an artist talk about an artwork they treasure. Their professional knowledge of the craft often helps them expound on aspects of the art that might not be apparent to a casual onlooker. That’s why we reached out to one of the most accomplished artists we know and asked him to take us on a dee...