Erte (Limited Editions on Paper) Bio

ERTE, Russian (1892 - 1990)

Born Remain de Tirtoff in imperial St. Petersburg, Erte derived his pen name from the French pronunciation of his initials "R.T." Over a long and distinguished career, he had a major influence on the style and design of the 20th Century.

At age 19, Erte left home and moved to Paris where he gained employment with the esteemed coutur-ier Poiret. Shortly thereafter, he began the 22-year pursuit which would make him famous: creating cover art and illustrations for the magazine Harper's Bazaar. It was here that his distinctive Art Deco-style emerged.

During his prolific years at Harper's, Erte designed 250 covers and numerous drawings for its pages and diversified into a variety of other artistic activities. After a fling in Hollywood designing for extravagant silent films including Ben Hur, Erte left the magazine to create sets and costumes for theater and opera. For the next 40 years, he dressed an extraordinary roster of opera, stage and screen stars, including Mary Garden, Josephine Baker, Marion Davies, Lillian Gish. Mata Hari and Anna Pavlova. These achievements earned him the title "Father of Art Deco".

In 1967 the Metropolitan Museum of Art purchased and exhibited a collection of some 200 Erte gouaches. Shows in London followed, bringing Erte even more recognition. His success at these exhibitions was summarized by the noted London Sunday Times art critic John Russell (later of the New York Times) who wrote, "If Michelangelo were to come back from the dead he could hardly have greater or more eulogious publicity than has been accorded to Erte."

At age 75, Erte began to create limited edition serigraphs based on his designs. This medium allowed a wider audience to enjoy his work and helped satisfy popular demand for these images. International success in this endeavor led him to expand his work to a variety of materials, most notably bronze.

The influence of Erie's style and the demand for his art live on. His work belongs to prestigious museum collections throughout the world, most notably the Smithsonian, The Victoria and Albert Museum (London). New York's Metropolitan Museum and The Museum of Modern Art. Many books have been published on the artist's life and work, including Erte at Ninety-Five: The Complete New Graphics [The Extended Edition] and Erte—The Last Works.

Artworks




"Angel Melody" Estate-Signed Serigraph with Foil Stamping by Erte

Title: "Angel Melody"

Medium: Estate-Signed Embossed Serigraph with Foil Stamping

Unframed Size: 56 1/4” x 29 1/4"



"April" Estate-Signed Embossed Serigraph by Erte

Title: "April"

Medium: Estate-Signed Embossed Serigraph with Foil Stamping

Unframed Size: 36" x 26"



"Bacchant" 1987 serigraph by Erte

Title: "Bacchante" 1987

Medium: Embossed Serigraph With Foil Stamping

Unframed Size: 40.5" x 28.5" | 103 x 72 cm

Framed Size: 42" x 30"

Retail Price: $7,000.00 - Unframed

Asking Price: $1,500.00 - Framed



"Balinese" Estate-Signed Embossed Serigraph with Foil Stamping

Title: "Balinese"

Medium: Estate-Signed Embossed Serigraph with Foil Stamping

Unframed Size: 39" x 27 1/2"



"Birdcage" Serigraph on Paper by Erte

Title: "Birdcage"

Medium: Serigraph

Unframed Size: 25 3/8" x 18"

Framed Size: 37" x 30"

Retail Price: $6,100.00

Asking Price: $2,500.00 - Framed



"Black Magic" Framed Lithograph by Erte

Title: "Black Magic" 1970

Medium: Lithograph

Unframed Size: Paper 20.5" x 15.5" - Image 15" x 10.25"

Framed Size: 33.5" x 25.5"

Retail Price: $4,200.00 - Unframed

Asking Price: $2,750.00 - Framed



"Bracelets" embossed serigraph with foil stamping by Erte

Title: "Bracelet"

Medium: Embossed Serigraph with Foil Stamping

Unframed Size: 25.5" x 14"

Retail Price: $1,475.00



"Chicnon" Estate-Signed Embossed Serigraph with Foil Stamping by Erte

Title: "Chignon"

Medium: Estate-Signed Embossed Serigraph with Foil Stamping

Unframed Size: 19 1/2" x 18 1/2"



"Copacabana" Serigraph by Erte

Title: "Copacabana"

Medium: Serigraph on Paper

Unframed Size: 34 1/8" x 34 1/8"

Framed Size: 37" x 42"

Retail Price: $3,750.00

Asking Price: $2,500.00 - Framed



"Crystal Mask" Estate-Signed Embossed Serigraph with Foil Stamping by Erte

Title: "Crystal Mask"

Medium: Estate-Signed Embossed Serigraph with Foil Stamping

Unframed Size: 41 3/4"" x 31 1/4"



"Debutante" AP 1983 Serigraph by Erte

Title: "Debutante" AP 1983

Medium: Serigraph

Unframed Size: 33.25" x 24.75"

Framed Size: 36.75" x 27.75"

Asking Price: $1,250.00 - Framed



"Deception" serigraph on paper by Erte

Title: "Deception"

Medium: Serigraph on Paper

Unframed Size: 33" x 25"

Framed Size: 39" x 31"

Retail Price: $2,750.00

Asking Price: $1,800.00 - Framed



"Devotion" Limited Edition Serigraph by Erte

Title: "Devotion"

Medium: Serigraph

Unframed Size: 38.5" x 38.75"

Framed Size: 50.75" x 42"

Retail Price: $7,500.00 - Unframed

Asking Price: $1,250.00 - Framed



"The Egyptian" Embossed Serigraph with Foil Stamping by Erte

Title: "The Egyptian"

Medium: Embossed Serigraph With Foil Stamping

Unframed Size: 28" x 30 1/4"



"Emerald Vase II" Embossed Serigraph with Foil Stamping by Erte

Title: "Emerald Vase II"

Medium: Embossed Serigraph With Foil Stamping

Unframed Size: 44" x 32"

Framed Size: 48" x 37"

Retail Price: $12,000.00

Asking Price: $3,500.00 - Framed



"Enchanted Melody" Embossed Serigraph by Erte

Title: "Enchanted Melody” CXXXIV/CL

Medium: Embossed Serigraph

Unframed Size: 36" x 28"

Retail Price: $6,250.00 - Unframed

Asking Price: $1,400.00



"Chignon" Estate-Signed Embossed Serigraph with Foil Stamping by Erte

Title: "Fashion & Jewelry Suite II"

Medium: Estate-Signed Embossed Serigraph with Foil Stamping

Unframed Size: 28" x 30" each



"Fedora Butterfly" Estate-Signed Embossed Serigraph by Erte

Title: "Fedora Butterfly"

Medium: Estate-Signed Embossed Serigraph with Foil Stamping

Unframed Size: 39 1/2" x 30 1/2"



"Fedora Fan" Estate-Signed Serigraph with Foil Stamping by Erte

Title: "Fedora Fan"

Medium: Estate-Signed Embossed Serigraph with Foil Stamping

Unframed Size: 39 1/2" x 30 1/2"



"Fedora Fur" Estate-Signed Embossed Serigraph with Foil Stamping by Erte

Title: "Fedora Fur"

Medium: Estate-Signed Embossed Serigraph with Foil Stamping

Unframed Size: 39 1/2" x 30 1/2"



"Firebird" Embossed Serigraph with Foil Stamping by Erte

Title: "Firebird"

Medium: Embossed Serigraph With Foil Stamping

Unframed Size: 42.75" x 28.5"

Framed Size: 48" x 36"

Retail Price: $10,000.00

Asking Price: $3,500.00 - Framed



"Golden Fleece" Serigraph by Erte

Title: "Golden Fleece"

Medium: Serigraph

Unframed Size: 35.5" x 29.5"

Framed Size: 40" x 33"

Retail Price: $7,250.00 - Unframed

Asking Price: $2,500.00 - Framed



"Heart 11 Red" from the Hearts and Zephyrs Suite by Erte

Title: "Heart II Red"

Medium: Embossed Serigraph With Foil Stamping

Unframed Size: 12" x 12"

Framed Size: 21" x 21"

Retail Price: $3,500.00

Asking Price: $1,150.00 - Framed



"June" Estate-Signed Embossed Serigraph with Foil Stamping by Erte

Title: "June"

Medium: Estate-Signed Embossed Serigraph with Foil Stamping

Unframed Size: 36" x 26"



"Ladies in Waiting" Embossed Serigraph with Foil Stamping by Erte

Title: "Ladies In Waiting"

Medium: Embossed Serigraph With Foil Stamping

Unframed Size: 38,25" x 28"

Retail Price: $9,500.00

Asking Price: $3,000.00 - Framed



"Letter A" Serigraph/Lithograph by Erte

Title: "Letter A"

Medium: Serigraph/Lithograph

Unframed Size: 15 3/4" x 10 1/2"

Asking Price: $4,950.00 - Framed



"Kiss of Fire" Embossed Serigraph with Foil Stamping by Erte

Title: "Love & Passion Suite” XCVIII/C

Medium: Embossed Serigraph With Foil Stamping

Unframed Size: 29" x 34"

Retail Price: $24,500.00 - Unframed

Asking Price: $6,400.00 - Framed



"Lust" Serigraph from the Seven Deadly Sins Suite by Erte

Title: "Lust" 1983

Medium: Serigraph

Unframed Size: 26.25" x 20.75"

Asking Price: $1,600.00 - Framed



"May" Estate-Signed Embossed Serigraph with Foil Stamping by Erte

Title: "May"

Medium: Estate-Signed Embossed Serigraph with Foil Stamping

Unframed Size: 36" x 26"



"The Mirror" 1985 Serigraph by Erte

Title: "The Mirror" 1985

Medium: Serigraph

Unframed Size: 29" x 24.75" | 74 x 63 cm

Framed Size: 30" x 26"

Retail Price: $8,000.00 - Unframed

Asking Price: $1,500.00



"Onyx Coiffure" Estate-Signed Embossed Serigraph with Foil Stamping by Erte

Title: "Onyx Coiffure"

Medium: Estate-Signed Embossed Serigraph with Foil Stamping

Unframed Size: 21" x 15 3/4"



"Onyx Sleeve" Estate-Signed Embossed Serigraph with Foil Stamping by Erte

Title: "Onyx Sleeve"

Medium: Estate-Signed Embossed Serigraph with Foil Stamping

Unframed Size: 19 1/2" x 18 1/2"



"Opium" Embossed Serigraph with Foil Stamping by Erte

Title: "Opium/Mah-Jongg”

Medium: Embossed Serigraph With Foil Stamping

Unframed Size: 26 1/2” x 34” each

Retail Price: $15,000.00 - Unframed

Asking Price: $5,100.00 - For both Serigraphs



"The Portrait" Framed Serigraph by Erte

Title: "The Portrait" 1981

Medium: Serigraph

Unframed Size: Paper 30 1/4" x 22 5/8" - Image 24 3/4" x 17 3/4"

Framed Size: 39 1/4" x 31"

Retail Price: $3,800.00 - unframed

Asking Price: $2,500.00 - Framed



"Printemps" Estate-Signed Embossed Serigraph with Foil Stamping by Erte

Title: "Printemps"

Medium: Estate-Signed Embossed Serigraph with Foil Stamping

Unframed Size: 32" x 60"



"Ready for the Ball" Diptych Framed Serigraphs on Paper by Erte

Title: "Ready for the Ball" Diptych 1981

Medium: Serigraph (2)

Unframed Size: Paper: 24.75" x 19.25" - Image: 19.75" 16.5" EACH

Framed Size: 34" x 49.5"

Retail Price: $10,750.00 - unframed

Asking Price: $4,500.00



"Rose Fan" Estate-Signed Embossed Serigraph With Foil Stamping by Erte

Title: "Rose Fan"

Medium: Estate-Signed Embossed Serigraph with Foil Stamping

Unframed Size: 24 1/2" x 19 1/2"



"The Salon" Embossed Serigraph with Foil Stamping by Erte

Title: "The Salon"

Medium: Embossed Serigraph With Foil Stamping

Unframed Size: 21.75" x 29.25"

Framed Size: 30.5" x 37.5"

Retail Price: $3,500.00 - unframed

Asking Price: $2,275.00 - Framed



"Spring Showers" Serigraph on Paper by Erte

Title: "Spring Showers"

Medium: Serigraph on Paper

Unframed Size: 31" x 36..75"

Framed Size: 43" x 36"

Retail Price: $6,000.00

Asking Price: $3,500.00 - Framed



"Statue of Liberty, Day" embossed serigraph with foil stamping by Erte

Title: "Statue of Liberty, Day"

Medium: Embossed Serigraph With Foil Stamping

Unframed Size: 34.62" x 26.12"

Framed Size: 40.25" x 32.5"

Retail Price: $18,000.00 - Unframed

Asking Price: $1,250.00 - Framed



Storm1987 serigraph from the Storm & Harvest Suite by Erte

Title: "Storm and Harvest Suite" of 2 1987

Medium: Serigraph

Unframed Size: 24.75" x 37.25"

Framed Size: 26" x 38" | 66 x 97 cm

Asking Price: $2,000.00



"Summer Breeze" Framed Serigraph by Erte

Title: "Summer Breeze" 1978

Medium: Serigraph

Unframed Size: Paper: 30.1/4" x 23 1/8" - Image: 26 1/2" x 19"

Framed Size: 38 1/2" x 31"

Retail Price: $8,150.00 - Unframed

Asking Price: $3,750.00 - Framed



"Twilight" Embossed Serigraph with Foil Stamping by Erte

Title: "Twilight”

Medium: Embossed Serigraph With Foil Stamping

Unframed Size: 27" x 37"

Framed Size: 40" x 50"

Retail Price: $9,500.00

Asking Price: $5,000.00 - Framed