History Of Art Deco Prints
Art Deco, characterized by geometric shapes, symmetrical patterns, and modern materials like stainless steel and chrome, arose in France when the government sponsored the International Exhibition of Modern and Industrial Decorative Arts in 1925. This exhibition aimed to establish France as the superior producer of modern luxury goods, ranging from perfume to interior design materials. The Art Deco style, which combined modern simplicity with elements of global ancient art, was applied to all forms of design, including the decorative and fine arts, film, photography, fashion, and advertising. The style was popular around the world until the beginning of World War II, when its luxurious approach to design seemed inappropriate for a war-torn world. Art Deco artists were influenced by Cubist and Futurist artists. Painter Tamara de Lempicka, for example, took a geometric approach to depicting the human body. Graphic artists like Paul Colin, Roger Broders, and Edward McKnight Kauffer were known for their sleek, minimal Art Deco posters advertising theatre productions, transportation systems, and travel destinations, respectively. Paul Iribe, Georges Barbier, Erte, and George Lepape are famous for their Art Deco prints of fashion designs. Other Art Deco artists include Cassandre, Jean Carlu, Michel Dubost, Raoul Dufy, and Louis Icart.
Decorating With Art Deco Prints
Decorate with Art Deco prints if you favor modern streamlined furniture, polished metals, mirrors, rich colors, luxurious textiles, and clean geometric patterns. To keep with the theme, choose an art deco-style frame in lacquered wood, chrome, or glossy plastic (a popular material of the era) to display your prints. You may also considering displaying Art Deco posters in the same space as artwork inspired by related modernist movements, specifically Cubism and Futurism. For help with your search, view Saatchi Art’s curated collection of art deco prints now.
Gifting With Art Deco Prints
If you know someone who decorates in the Art Deco style or who loves the cosmopolitan glamour of the ‘20s and ‘30s, consider gifting them a print of Art Deco-inspired work by a talented emerging artist. Art lovers who especially love the works of Tamara de Lempicka may enjoy Living Room by Kathrin Kuhn and horse-7 by Trilochan Anand. If you know someone who favors 1920s - 1930s fashion, they may appreciate Jessie by Ceebie Yonder, Cynthia. Behind the Curtain by Kat Elagina, and Her Majesty the Flapper by Mircea Jumatate. Rest assured that all unframed open edition prints can be returned to Saatchi Art within seven days of receipt if your gift recipient isn’t fully satisfied.