Art Sunday #153: Erte – Symphony on Black


Romain de Tirtoff (23 November 1892 – 21 April 1990) was a Russian-born French artist and designer known by the pseudonym Erté, from the French pronunciation of his initials (pronounced [ɛʁ.te]). He was a diversely talented 20th-century artist and designer who flourished in an array of fields, including fashion, jewellery, graphic arts, costume and set design for film, theatre, and opera, and interior decor.

His work may be found in the collections of several well-known museums, including the Victoria and Albert Museum, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA); as well, a sizable collection of work by Erté can be found at Museum 1999 in Tokyo.



23 thoughts on “Art Sunday #153: Erte – Symphony on Black

  1. Buffalo Tom Peabody

    Artsy-fartsy and very interesting! Romain de Tirtoff reminds me of an early Andy Warhol. I wonder if he collected and save stuff and then stored it in thousands of shoe boxes like Andy did? My text-to-speech pronounces his last name “Turd-Off” which will make me chuckle all day! Thank you for adding to my Holler-Day joy! I just told the guys to “turd-off” Netflix and get over here and look at your post !💩👋👏

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      1. Buffalo Tom Peabody

        Nice post, Jim! We were binge-watching “Get Smart” on Netflix. Now Iggy is telling everybody to “turd-off” everything! LOL!
        ^^ Buffalo Tom, Gunther & Larry

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