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Art Deco was the last splendidly self-indulgent decorative style, one described lightheartedly by Brian J. R. Blench in the spring issue of the Art Deco Society of New York's newsletter in 1985 as “for luxury and leisure, for comfort and conviviality.

Art Deco is an elegant style of decorative art, design and architecture which began as a Modernist reaction against the Art Nouveau style. It is characterized by the use of angular, symmetrical geometric forms. One of the classic Art Deco themes is that of 1930s-era skyscrapers such as New York's Chrysler Building and Empire State Building. The former, designed by architect William Van Alen, is considered to be one of the world's great Art Deco style buildings.

Well-known artists within the Art Deco movement included Tamara de Lempicka, fashion illustrator Erte, glass artist Rene Lalique and graphic designer Adolphe Mouron (known professionally Cassandre).

The term "Art Deco" has its origins in the 1925 French art exposition at Le Musee des Arts Decoratifs. The exposition was meant to be a display of nouveau design from around the world, but U.S. Secretary of Commerce Herbert Hoover declared Americans off limits from entering, as he felt no contemporary architecture was "new" enough. Instead, Hoover sent experts to learn and adapt the exposition's designs to American architectural expression. The ensemble included members of the American Institute of Architecture, the Metropolitan Museum of Art and The New York Times. Their reports along with the attendance of many American architects to the exposition address the swell of decorative treatments in American design between 1925 and 1941.

American Art Deco conveyed both beauty and strength in a time when economic depression left much of the country unemployed and embittered. During the 1930s many public buildings were decorated in the Art Deco style, exuding nationalism through massive structures with great coloring, inspiring murals and strong sculpture reminiscent of Roman republicanism.

Although sparse examples of Art Deco was created following World War II in cities such as Miami, the International Exposition and the war's ghastly costs led America into a toned down post war architecture where ornamentation was abandoned in favor of simplicity and regimented design.

The fun continues today in the form of wall art and home décor. Today, art deco prints are popular collectibles around the world.

Art Deco Cityscape II

Art Deco Cityscape II


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Art Deco Cityscape II

Art Deco Cityscape II

Art Deco Cityscape I

Art Deco Cityscape I


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Art Deco Cityscape I

Art Deco Cityscape I

Art Deco Lamp

Art Deco Lamp


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Art Deco Lamp

Art Deco Lamp

Classic Automobiles

Classic Automobiles


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Classic Automobiles

Classic Automobiles

Portrait De Mme Ira Perrot, 1930

Portrait De Mme Ira Perrot, 1930


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Portrait De Mme Ira Perrot, 1930

Portrait De Mme Ira Perrot, 1930

Classic Automobiles

Classic Automobiles


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Classic Automobiles

Classic Automobiles

L‘eclat

L‘eclat


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L‘eclat

L‘eclat

L‘eclat

L‘eclat


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L‘eclat

L‘eclat

La Dormeuse

La Dormeuse


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La Dormeuse

La Dormeuse

Aqua Elegance II

Aqua Elegance II


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Aqua Elegance II

Aqua Elegance II

Aqua Elegance I

Aqua Elegance I


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Aqua Elegance I

Aqua Elegance I

Hollywood Vintage II

Hollywood Vintage II


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Hollywood Vintage II

Hollywood Vintage II

Hollywood Vintage I

Hollywood Vintage I


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Hollywood Vintage I

Hollywood Vintage I

Filles Et Lilas

Filles Et Lilas


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Filles Et Lilas

Filles Et Lilas

L‘eclat

L‘eclat


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L‘eclat

L‘eclat

BSA Motor Bicycles

BSA Motor Bicycles

  • 56 x 38 Art Print

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BSA Motor Bicycles

BSA Motor Bicycles

  • 56 x 38 Art Print

  • $ 210

Adam & Eve

Adam & Eve


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Adam & Eve

Adam & Eve

Ode To Art Deco

Ode To Art Deco


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Ode To Art Deco

Ode To Art Deco

Daytime Cafe II

Daytime Cafe II


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Daytime Cafe II

Daytime Cafe II

Daytime Cafe I

Daytime Cafe I


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Daytime Cafe I

Daytime Cafe I

Chinese Junks

Chinese Junks


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Chinese Junks

Chinese Junks

Setting For An Egyptian Story

Setting For An Egyptian Story


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Setting For An Egyptian Story

Setting For An Egyptian Story

Setting For An Egyptian Story

Setting For An Egyptian Story


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Setting For An Egyptian Story

Setting For An Egyptian Story

An Angel Of Islam

An Angel Of Islam


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An Angel Of Islam

An Angel Of Islam

A Persian Vintage

A Persian Vintage


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A Persian Vintage

A Persian Vintage

Burma The Golden Landscape

Burma The Golden Landscape


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Burma The Golden Landscape

Burma The Golden Landscape

Burma The Golden Landscape

Burma The Golden Landscape


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Burma The Golden Landscape

Burma The Golden Landscape

Melanesian Intervals

Melanesian Intervals


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Melanesian Intervals

Melanesian Intervals

Mowgli And The Black Panther

Mowgli And The Black Panther


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Mowgli And The Black Panther

Mowgli And The Black Panther

Bark Of The False Caliph,The

Bark Of The False Caliph,The


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Bark Of The False Caliph,The

Bark Of The False Caliph,The

Burmese Sculptor At The Knees Of Buddha

Burmese Sculptor At The Knees Of Buddha


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Burmese Sculptor At The Knees Of Buddha

Burmese Sculptor At The Knees Of Buddha

Zebra

Zebra


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Zebra

Zebra

Japanese Print

Japanese Print


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Japanese Print

Japanese Print

Princess Badoura,The

Princess Badoura,The


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Princess Badoura,The

Princess Badoura,The

Youthful Republicans

Youthful Republicans


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Youthful Republicans

Youthful Republicans

Old China

Old China


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Old China

Old China

India‘s Symbolic Wheel

India‘s Symbolic Wheel


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India‘s Symbolic Wheel

India‘s Symbolic Wheel

Sumatran Mode In Millinery

Sumatran Mode In Millinery


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Sumatran Mode In Millinery

Sumatran Mode In Millinery

In Agra

In Agra


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In Agra

In Agra

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