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Early in a career that began in 1912 when he was 19 years old, Romain de Tirtoff, the Russian-born artist who called himself Erte after the French pronunciation of his initials, was regarded as a "miraculous magician," whose spectacular fashions transformed the ordinary into the outstanding, whose period costumes made the present vanish mystically into the past, and whose decors converted bare stages into sparkling wonderlands of fun and fancy. When his career ended with his death in 1990, Erte was considered as "one of the twentieth-century's single most important influences on fashion", "a mirror of fashion for 75 years" and the unchallenged "prince of the music hall," who had been accorded the most significant international honors in the field of design and whose work was represented in major museums and private collections throughout the world. This luxuriously illustrated hardcover book contains a rich representative selection of images, drawn throughout Erte's long and extraordinarily productive career. A detailed introduction to the artist's life and work is complemented by over 100 exquisite full colour plates, which pay tribute to a "miraculous magician" and the classics of Art Deco design.


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