|By Anthony Velonis, New York City Federal Art Project, WPA, 1938|
|Royal mail lines poster. Horace Tyalor,1925|
The art deco movement of the early 20th century straddled the line between and the traditionally decorative and the harsh assertiveness of modernism and proved to be a transformative period in art and design. Emerging from Paris in the 1920s, by the 30s, the style was ubiquitous - influencing fashion, jewellery, furniture, appliances, architecture and commercial and industrial design and art.
Defined by its bold lines and geometric planes, art deco rejected the organic elegance of art nouveau, which had dominated the preceding period, in favour of modernist and futuristic style elements, though it did also draw inspiration from such exotic and ancient sources as Aztec and Egyptian design.
|Reproduction of a New York decoscape. Available at Amazon|
A Striking Statement
|Grand Prix poster. 1937. Amazon|
Although by the close of the 1940s deco had lost ground in the popularity stakes, it was rediscovered in the 1960s and is now recognized as one of the most significant design movements in modern history and still widely popular, with collectors and the general public alike.
The Hoover Building
Art Deco and Modernist Society
|Suitcase as ocean liner.Razzia print. Montepanasse Gallery|