Born Romain de Tirtoff in St. Petersburg Russia on November 23, 1892, Erté is one of the most well-known designers and illustrators of the Art Deco period. In 1912, he moved to Paris and began working for fashion designer Paul Poiret. Erté soon began designing costumes and selling gouache and pen-and-ink fashion illustrations. From 1916-37, he was under contract with Harper’s Bazaar. He also designed many costumes and sets for French theater, working for the Folies-Bergère from 1919-30. Erté’s characteristic style is elongated and linear, depicting figures in lavish clothing and in front of Art Deco backgrounds. He passed away in Paris on April 21, 1990.
Erté is featured in Edition: The Best of the Met