The History Of The Art Deco Movement


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One of the most stylish design movements ever & it all began at the Exposition Internationale des Arts Decoratif in Paris, 1925.

This exhibition is probably the most famous World’s Fair & it ran from April to October 1925. Inventors, architects, artists, fashion designers & artisans came together to change to way design was perceived.

From 1820 to 1890 French design was dominated by what can be described best as ‘eclecticism’ an infusion of influences of all the 19th century styles from the Neo-classical forms to the florid, extravagant styles which culminated in the Art Nouveau Spectacular Naturalism where nature & art make you almost forget the materials used like the door at La Maison Laviroette, 29 Avenue Rapp, 7th arrondissement.

All this was banished & the clean angular lines, geometric shapes & symmetry of Art Deco were en vogue. At the inauguration, April 28, the Exposition Internationale des Arts Decoratif received 4000 guests.

Paris born Robert Bonfils (Stephen Robert Bonfils) 15 October 1886 - 1 November 1971. He became a celebrated illustrator, painter, engraver & Officer of the Legion of Honour. He was also a bookbinder.

His poster (see above) for the exposition is famed for capturing the essence of the movement.

The iconic image of one of the most graceful animals, a gazelle, prancing through highly stylized scenery & in front a nymph carrying a huge basket of flowers aloft is widely recognized throughout the world.

Stylized animals & motifs from ancient civilizations like the  Aztecs often featured in Art Deco compositions.

Motifs from Cubism, Bauhaus & Russian Constructivism also influenced Art Deco.

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