Posts Tagged ‘Erte’

New Collage by me…….. In Honor of the Antiques Roadshow….

I don’t keep with the Kardashians and don’t watch any weekly shows other than the Antiques Roadshow and Modern Family. It is so much pleasure to watch someone like Leigh or Leslie Keno talk about something you might think of as boring, they make it fascinating. I remember seeing Mr. Keno talk about an old sugar chest. It used to be kept under lock and key. Its very interesting to see how he comes up with dates and locations to where furniture was made. I wanted to make some furniture of my own in honor of the great work they do on the Antiques Roadshow.

I always shoot pictures of my collage work in the light and dark as the paper I use in some parts is highly reflective in some places. The chair shimmers best in low darkness, due to the reflective properties of the paper.

In addition, if you watch the Roadshow I hope you have seen the episode on the hit television series “Frasier.” It is hilarious as Martin the dad owns a bear clock that came from the Romanoff Family. The Crane family thinks they are now blue bloods.

Since I watch business news channels most of the time such as CNBC, and the Keno Brothers appeared on this channel in a new series titled “Buried Treasure.” The brothers visit old and abandoned houses. The episode I saw the brothers went to a house where the owner had passed away. The brother wanted someone to come in, sell the good stuff  and give it to his children.

I like to think of the collectors house as being a form of living art. I wanted this collector to live in a old mansion, but with modern looking accessories, like the rug. This collector is in their 50’s and enjoys the art deco period the most. A favorite artist of this collector is Erte.

Artist of the moment….Pavel Tchelitchew

Pavel Tchelitchew was a fantastic painter of the figure born in Russia in the year 1898 near Moscow, Russia in a city called Kaluga. His family was very wealthy and he didn’t attend school but was tutored privately.

When comparing his artistic career one artist that I profiled comes to mind, Erte, another Russian artist born in 1890. Both made great works of art in addition to designing theater sets and costumes.

In this clip a great montage of works by Tchelitchew. Its interesting to note that a theme in the 19th century was to paint figures that never made eye contact with the viewer. It makes for high emotional content as people are far more relaxed, people are more themselves, when they think no one is watching them.

In this clip more works from the master.

First U.S. show was in 1930 at the Museum of Modern Art in New York city.

For seven years worked for a magazine titled View which specialized in Surrealist paintings.

Included in the collection of the Museum of Modern Art in New York.

Became a citizen of the United States in 1952.

Pavel Tchelitchew passed away in 1957 at the age of 58 years old.

The artist worked in many mediums. Gouache works range $5,000 to $75,000. Oils can range from the low six figures to $400,000. Watercolors range $10,000 to $80,000.  Works in ink range $1,000 to $8,000. Works in pencil cost $1,000 to $5,000.

Another artist that I am reminded when looking at his drawings is Bev Doolittle. Doolittle is a world famous best known for her cleverly hiding figures in trees and other various locales of the landscapes. Tchelitchew was superb at hiding animals in his landscapes if you look closely. I never thought of Doolittle as a Surrealist painter but here is a great montage showing how easily she hides figures and animals in her paintings.



Artist of the moment……Romain de Tirtoff…..ERTE…


The artist was perhaps the best known designer of costumes and jewelry of the art deco movement. He also designed movie sets and did  a large number of art works in gouache and  prints.
He was born in St. Petersburg, Russia in the year 1892.  His given name was Romain de Tirtoff. He became known as RT for the french pronounciation of the first letters of his first and last names. He came from a very well off family that was able to trace its roots back to 1548.

His father wanted him to go onto the navy, but this didn’t please the artist. He moved to Paris, went by the name Erte so as not to embarrass the family, and became an artist working under Paul Poiret. Less than two years later he signed on with Harpers Bazaar. A sort of entertainment weekly magazine celebrating the hottest fashions and styles in the world. Over a twenty two year period he produced more than 200 cover illustrations for the magazine.


Erte was also helped by designing sets for the fantastic dancer of the era, Gaby Deslys. She was French but eventually made her way to the United States and to silent movies. She was immensly popular worldwide, the Madonna or Lady Gaga of the time period, but she died from influenza complications at the age of 38.


In 1925 the artist was taken to Hollywood to help with set designs for a silent movie called Paris. Many problems happened on locations so Erte was given other assignments to keep him busy. He went on to set design for movies such as Ben Hur, The Mystic,  and the Comedian.


Included in the collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

I enjoy this artist for his many mediums he used. He was able to help launch his style of art deco, and then help relaunch it when it came back en vogue in the 1960s. He was not only a great artist, but a great businessman making a prolific amount of prints.


Low price range: Easy to find a lithograph print of Erte for a few hundred dollars.

High price range: Gouache pieces up to $20,000. Bronzes can be found for a couple thousand dollars.


The artist was very prolific so it won’t be hard to locate one his works!



The artist was not only lived a very long life, dying at the age of 97, but he was also very prolific. This clip shows some of his many prints and some of his bronze sculptures as well.  Very informative for the viewer.


How cool the internet is! I was able to find some footage of a birthday party for the artist celebrating the big 97 years old. The celebration was given in Paris, France by Kport gallery.

Another short montage of the artist’s work. If you didn’t have time to watch the more than 1o minute clip, this is a great substitute.


Erte died in 1990 at the age of 97.