Beauty and the Beast Bronze Art Deco Sculpture


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Artist: Erte
Title: Beauty and the Beast
Medium: Patina on Bronze Sculpture
Size: 16 1/2" High
Edition: 250 Numbered; 9 AP; 9 HC
Year: 1982
Condition: Very good condition overall, please request condition report for full details
Documentation: Includes Gallery Certificate of Authenticity

Originally associated with the excess of the 1920s, Art Deco was a luxurious, ornate style that embodied the ethos of the times. Since then, Art Deco has experienced several periods of resurgence, including a notable revival in the 1980s, when the atmosphere was once again aligned with the principles of Art Deco. One departure from the original we often see in the 1980s renditions of Art Deco is an updated color pallet; however, in 1982’s bronze sculpture “Beauty and the Beast,” Erte has thoughtfully chosen colors that were very popular during both decades. Silver, seafoam green, and mint are all associated with the original Art Deco movement but found prominence again in the 1980s entirely separate from the movement. Originally a fashion designer, Erte’s bronze sculptures were an important element of his transition to fine artist. His roots as a fashion designer are apparent in the impressive clothing design and masterful figurative work, while his technical proficiency with the bronze elevates the entire sculpture. Erte’s “Beauty and the Beast” bronze sculpture comes with a gallery certificate of authenticity.

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