ART DECO AN ART MOVEMENT THAT EMERGED TOGETHER WITH ART NOUVEAU AT THE BEGINNING OF THE 20TH CENTURY. ITS MAJOR INFLUENCES WERE THE ARTS AND CRAFT MOVEMENT OF WILLIAM MORRIS , SYMBOLISM AND THE PRE-RAPHAELITES. ITS DECORATIVE STYLE SUITED ART LOVERS IN ITS HEYDAY OF THE 1920’S AND 1930’S. AN APPRECIATION OF ITS MANY SIDED CONTRIBUTIONS TO ARCHITECTURE, GRAPHIC DESIGN ,FURNITURE JEWQELLRY AND POSTER DESIGN. PART 3:

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In my concluding part of my investigation into Art Deco I will consider artists like Cassandre .Christopher Nevinson and  Emille Jacques Rullmann.

” Society in the !920’s was emerging from the horrors of the First world war with a joy for life that was unbounded”. [1]

” The inter war years marked a transitional period in which there were two economies and 2 societies”. [2].

Christopher Richard Nevinson’s posters showed the British exhibition that took place in 1925.

” The British exhibition was conceived after the First world war asan antidote to the apathy and cynicism that was rife following the death and destruction that hadavaged Europe in 1918-19″. [3].

” Although the exhibitions of the 1925 Paris Exhibition were urged to show innovative designs with a Modern Emphasis the importance of France’s reputation for High quality and hand crafted goods was still respected”. [4].

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As Flame Publishing observes Eileen Gray was an important designer who was well respected by her colleagues.

” Irish born Eileen Gray enjoyed a reputation as a skilled and creative designer during the 1920’s”. [5].

” Her work with lacquered wood has remained a testament to her ingenuity and talent for this medium. The second half of her career however focused on architecture after being encouraged in this area by her Lover Jean Bodovaci”.[6].

Flame publishing continues its commentary on Eileen Gray’s Lacquered wood screen.

” The Orient provided much inspiration for the Art Deco World. Bold and vibrant colours from Chinese Art appealed in an era that sought to dispel the darkness of War and the gloom of 19th Century interiors that was still prevalent”. [7].

The Rockefeller Centre by Raymond Hood was another piece of innovative architecture and design.

” Combining the Modern with the traditional early American skyscrapers were gloriously and sumptuously decorated in the neo-gothic or Art Deco styles”. [8].

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The Scottish genius Charles Rennie Mackintosh stood apart from other architects with his huge master vision of how design should look.

” The work bof Charles Rennie Mackintosh does not sit comfortably into any of the great movements of his time- Art Nouveau , Arts and Crafts and art Deco”. [9].

” Part of Mackintosh’s significance lies in the fact that his work was unique. It was unorthodox in its simplicity , elegance and originality”. [10].

Flame Publishing now concludes its discussion by commenting on  the great European designer and Poster artist Leon Bakst.

” This illustration entitled on the embankment- the Hat of Marthe Callot and is the work of the most influential  artist of the Art Deco period Leon Bakst”.[11].

” Jean Dupas Angels of peace- Jean Dupas was a painter and Poster artist who also designed a number of significant murals of the Art Deco period”. [12].

This concludes my articles on the Art Deco Period a very interesting art movement loved by many people during the Flapper period of the 1920’s and 1930’s.

FOOTNOTES

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