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Erté

(ĕrtā`), 1892–1990, French designer and illustrator, b. St. Petersburg as Romain de Tirtoff. He moved to France and worked for a time sketching for Paul Poiret and designing opera and theater costumes. Between 1914 and the 1930s he created many magazine covers for Harper's Bazaar. In the United States he worked for Flo Ziegfeld and designed costumes for the film Ben Hur (1959). Influenced by Indian miniatures, his designs, illustrations, and drawings were sophisticated and highly stylized.
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There were script problems, so Erte was given other assignments to keep him busy.
Erte continued working throughout his life, designing revues, ballets, and operas.
His work may be found in the collections of several well-known museums, including the Victoria and Albert Museum and the Metropolitan Museum of Art and a sizable collection of work by Erte can be found at Museum 1999 in Tokyo.
In later years, rather like his contemporary Ernst Dryden Erte was invited to Hollywood in order to create film costumes for all kinds of people from Joan Crawford to the dancer Anna Pavlova.
Sotheran's Erte designs have a renaissance of a style but originally prints by Lepape and Erte were framed and hung on the walls in smart apartments where mirrors, black and red lacquer and Art Deco furniture were all the rage among the young.
In an unprecedented relationship between an artist and a spirits brand, the Courvoisier Erte Collection was created exclusively for Courvoisier by Erte who was given artistic freedom with the design of the bottle itself and the seven inspired decorative bottle labels.
To create the exceptionally smooth liquid luxury inside of the bottles, Courvoisier's arbiters of cognac style and quality chose a very rare blend of the finest cognacs exclusively from the Grande Champagne region, including cognac dating back to 1892, the year Erte was born.
A selection of works by Erte and rare wood engravings from Dali's "The Divine Comedy," created between 1961 and 1964, will also be offered.