Author(s): Lynn Federle Orr
This highly accessible overview of Art Deco, embraces nearly every artistic medium-- offering paintings and photography to furnishings and film--through fifty superb examples of Art Deco style that reveal the period's richness and range. This new addition to Prestel's successful "50s" series focuses
on Art Deco, an artistic movement that originated in France
after World War I and spread throughout Europe and America.
Presented chronologically in full-page illustrations accompanied
by explanatory texts, these fifty iconic examples demonstrate
the variety of ways Art Deco was expressed. Included here are
a soup tureen designed by Jean Puiforcat; Edward Steichen's
portrait of Fred Astaire; a brass-framed mirror by Austrian
Franz Hagenauer; a still from the Busby Berkeley film, Footlight;
and The Portrait of a Young Girl in a Green Dress by the Polish
painter Tamara de Lempicka. Other examples include jewelry,
architecture, posters, and items used in everyday life. Opening
with an authoritative overview of the Art Deco movement and
including biographies of each of the artists, this is a compact
and affordable reference work and a beautifully designed book
for every art lover's library.
Lynn Federle Orr is a Curator at the Fine Arts Museum of San Francisco.