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The Art of Erté (Romain de Tirtoff)


Erté (1892-1990) - born Roman Petrovich Tyrtov - is one of the great artists associated with the Golden Age of Illustration. Born in

Russia, Erté moved to France early in his career and became closely associated with the Art Nouveau and Art Deco aesthete

through his painting, couture and theatrical work.


The Erté Collection at Spirit of the Ages includes art images from some of Erté's seminal work.


His artistic interest was apparent from an early age - his first successful costume design was penned when he was aged just 5 - and

were quite contrary to the wishes of his father (a Fleet Admiral in the Russian Navy) who expected his son to follow the family's military

tradition. Despite those wishes, in 1912, he moved from Russia to Paris to become a fashion illustrator. Around the time of that

relocation, he began to refer to himself as Erté (a construction that was drawn from the French pronunciation of his initials).


Erté was closely associated with "Harper's Bazaar" - he contributed fashion drawings to the journal for

22 years after his first contract soon after his arrival in Paris. It is arguable, however, that he is best

emembered for the stunning designs he contributed to the Folies-Bergère (Paris) and George White's

Scandals (New York).


His popularity was revived throughout the 1950s and 1960s and he continued to be productive well into

the final decade of his life.





On the left, we show a vintage photograph

of Erté

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We invite you to take the time to peruse the wonderful artwork from Erté that is included in the Collection - to view images from any one

of Erté's suites listed below, simply 'click' on the hyperlinks embedded within the titles and the images. By following the hyperlinks, you

will also find further information about Erté, his illustrations and options for purchasing Fine Art Posters and Greeting Cards.




Illustrations from Erté





15 images


''Le Mystere des Pierreries''

12 images




27 images



26 images




10 images


Erte (Romain de Tirtoff) - an illustration prepared between 1916 and 1926

Erte (Romain de Tirtoff) - an illustration prepared for ''Le Mystere des Pierreries''

Erte (Romain de Tirtoff) - an illustration prepared between 1927 and 1939

Erte (Romain de Tirtoff) - an illustration prepared for ''Numbers''



''Seven DeadlySins''

7 images


''Signs of the Zodiac''

12 images


''Precious Stones''

6 colour images

Erte (Romain de Tirtoff) - an illustration prepared for ''Seven Deadly Sins''Erte (Romain de Tirtoff) - an illustration prepared for ''Signs of the Zodiac''Erte (Romain de Tirtoff) - an illustration prepared for ''Precious Stones''    






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