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Art Deco Painting

Art Deco Painting

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The eclectic, international style now known as Art Deco originally took its name from the 1925 Paris "Exposition Internationale des Arts Decoratifs et Industriels Modernes". The Art Deco style was all pervasive during the 1920s and 1930s affecting the decorative arts, fine arts and fashion, and, though best known as a style of the applied arts - furniture, ceramics, metalwork, lacquer, glass - it extended its influence into the world of painting. Now issued in paperback this was the first book specifically to examine Art Deco painting and to define it as a genre, and, illustrated in colour throughout, it provides an authoritative and spectacular survey of this rich subject. The author analyses the characteristics of the style, period and history of the movement, explaining its relationship to Classicism, the Symbolists, the Precisionists, photography and Cubism. He discusses the frequent use of classical imagery, the importance of society portraiture, the portrayal of the demi-monde and the lure of decorative exoticism. French, American, Russian, British and Italian Art Deco painters, who are all represented here, were attracted as much to the skyscraper and automobile as they were to the classical nude. The result was a remarkable mix of traditional and modern: the sleek, seductive portraits by the Polish emigre Tamara de Lempicka, the fantastical classical allegories of Jean Dupas, the elegant high-style compositions of Australia by Charles Meere and the evocative 'real life' scenes of Glyn Philpot.