The designs created by Erté during his long and illustrious life influenced not only the world of theatre, film and fashion, but an entire art movement as well. The genius of the artist is evidenced by an enormous body of work that is considered among the most influential and unique of the 20th century.
Erté Romain de Tirtoff was born in Russia in 1892, and died at age 97 in 1990. His legendary career spanned nearly the entire length of his life. In 1912, Erté moved to Paris and his unique talent was immediately recognized by the city’s most established couturiers. In 1915, he began an association with Harper’s Bazaar by designing covers of each of their magazines for the next 22 years.
The influence of his work as a result of the high visibility of this periodical influenced an entire art movement that was to become known as “Art Deco”. His creations for the stage included extravagant designs for production at such venues as New York’s Radio City Music Hall, the Casino de Paris and the Paris Opera, as well as the for the Folies-Bergères and George White’s Scandals.
A lifetime of international success and recognition has ensured this unique artist’s place in the annals of art history, and his original designs grace the permanent collections of prestigious museum throughout the world including New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art, Museum of Modern Art, the Smithsonian Institution and London’s Victoria & Albert Museum.
The URSO Monsieur Deco fountain pen will be available in two versions: resin with .925 sterling silver or resin with 18k gold. The sterling silver pens will be limited to 97 pieces and will retail for $2600. The solid gold pens will be limted to 26 pieces and retail for $15,600.
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