Top 25 Art Deco artists who changed its history

Throughout the 1920s and 1930s, there was a notable art and design trend called “Art Deco.” Bold geometric designs, elaborate patterns, and a contemporary aesthetic that was largely influenced by the machine age were its distinguishing features.

Leading this movement, Art Deco painters produced exquisite works of art that perfectly captured the mood of the time. To create their legendary works, these artists used a variety of mediums, including painting, sculpture, architecture, and graphic design.

Tamara de Lempicka was a prominent Art Deco painter whose works captured the glitz and excess of the Roaring Twenties. She was noted for her sensual manner, bold colours, and sleek lines in her pictures of wealthy socialites and celebrities.

Erté was a key figure in the Art Deco movement, and his creations for the stage, screen, and fashion perfectly encapsulated the spirit of the time. His stylized, graceful individuals, frequently shown in expensive attire and ornate settings, embodied the Art Deco movement.

1. Erté

1. Erté

Born: 23 November 1892, Saint Petersburg, Russia

Died: 21 April 1990, Cochin Hospital, Paris, France

Full name: Roman Petrovich Tyrtov

Nickname: R.T.

Period: Art Deco

  • Romain De Tirtoffis a Russian-born French designer and artist.
  • He was an artist and designer of the 20th century in a variety of fields including fashion, jewellery and costume design.
  • Romain moved to Paris in 1910-12 to pursue a career of designer.
  • His father strongly opposed the decision to move to Paris.
  • Perhaps Erte’s most notable work is his elegant fashion designs that capture the art deco period during which he worked.

 


2. Tamara de Lempicka

2. Tamara de Lempicka

Born: 16 May 1898, Warsaw, Poland

Died: 18 March 1980, Cuernavaca, Mexico

Period: Art Deco

Books: Art Deco Icon, MORE

Children: Kizette De Lempicka-Foxhall, Kizette Łempicki

  • Tamara Lempickawas better known as Tamara de Lempicka. She was a Polish painter and spent most of her life in France and the United States.
  • Her polished Art Deco portraits aristocrats are her most prominent accomplishment.
  • Her style was a mix of late, refined cubism as well as the neoclassical style.
  • After the 1939 outbreak of World War II, she moved with her husband to the United States. She painted portraits of celebrities.
  • In 1974, she moved to Mexico and died there in 1980.

 


3. Émile-Jacques Ruhlmann

3. Emile Jacques Ruhlmann

Born: 26 August 1879, Paris, France

Died: 15 November 1933, Paris, France

Period: Art Deco

Nationality: French

Place of burial: Passy Cemetery, Paris, France

  • EmileJacques Ruhlmannis a French interior decorator and furniture designer.
  • His furniture was distinguished by its elegant designs, exotic materials and exquisite craftsmanship.
  • He began his career in the business as a teenager, helping the paper-hangers and painters.
  • Ruhlmann was able to use the profits from construction to purchase expensive materials and hire skilled craftsmen for his furniture-making.
  • Ruhlmann’s first encounter in furniture design was in 1910, when he created furniture for his wife and first apartment.

 


4. René Lalique

4. René Lalique

Born: 6 April 1860, Ay, Aÿ-Champagne, France

Died: 1 May 1945, Paris, France

Place of burial: Père Lachaise Cemetery, Paris, France

Organization founded: Lalique

Grandchildren: Marie-Claude Lalique, Jack Haviland, Nicole Maritch-Haviland

  • Rene Jules Lalique, a French jeweller and medallist, was a glass designer and artist best known for his creations in glass art, perfume bottles and vases, as well as jewellery, chandeliers and clocks.
  • He was 12 years old when he entered College Turgot. There he began drawing and sketching.
  • From 1874 to 1876, he worked there and then spent two years at London’s Crystal Palace School of Art Sydenham.
  • After his return from England, he was a freelance artist.
  • He opened his own company in 1885 and designed and manufactured his own jewellery.

 


5. Jean Dunand

5. Jean Dunand

Born: 20 May 1877, Lancy, Switzerland

Died: 7 June 1942, Paris, France

Period: Art Deco

Books: Jean Dunand: His Life and Works

Nationality: French, Swiss

  • Jean Dunand, a Swiss and French painter and sculptor, as well as a metal craftsman, was an interior designer and interior designer during Art Deco.
  • His lacquered screens and other art items were his most prominent achievements.
  • He began his studies in sculpture at the Geneva School of Industrial Arts when he was fourteen years old.
  • He began to work with Seizo Sugawara in 1912. This was a Japanese lacquer artist who had immigrated to France.
  • He worked on one of the most well-known exhibits at the 1925 Paris Exposition of Decorative Arts.

 


6. Jean Després

6. Jean Després

Born: 15 June 1889, Souvigny, France

Died: 13 November 1980, Avallon, France

Partner: Simone Delattre (1936–)

  • Jean Despres was a French jewelry designer and jewelry maker famous for his exquisite Art Deco jewelry.
  • Born on June 15, 1889, in Souvigny, France, his father ran a jewelry store and sent his son to study with an expert jeweler and goldsmith at the age of 16.
  • Despres was a designer who studied at night during his time in Paris and was a part of the Montmarte scene during his spare time.
  • His work is part of the collection at his collection at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.

 


7. Georges Lepape

7. Georges Lepape

Born: 26 June 1887, Paris, France

Died: 15 February 1971, Bonneval, France

Nationality: French

Education: Académie de La Palette

Books: French Fashion Plates in Full Color from the Gazette Due Bon To, 1912-1925

  • Georges Lepape is a French poster artist, illustrator also a designer of fashion.
  • Born June 26, 1887, in Paris, France.
  • The Musee des Arts Decoratifs in Paris was the first major exhibit of his work in the year 1920.
  • In 1910, he began his famous collaboration with the artist and fashion designer Paul Poiret.
  • In 2016, he broke the record for auctions at an auction in New York with his work Le Miroir, a watercolor and ink drawing on a piece of paper.
  • The artist remained a renowned character in the art and fashion worlds until his death on February 15, 1971, located in Bonneval, France, at the age of 83.

 


8. Lee Lawrie

8. Lee Lawrie

Born: 16 October 1877, Neukölln, Berlin, Germany

Died: 23 January 1963, Easton, Maryland, United States

Period: Art Deco

Education: Yale University

  • Lee Oscar Lawrie was an American architect and artist and a major character of his time in the American art scene prior to World War II.
  • He designed a frieze for his Nebraska State Capitol building in Lincoln, Nebraska.
  • He also designed many architectural sculptures and, perhaps his most famous sculpture, the free-standing bronze Atlas (installed 1937) in New York City’s Rockefeller Center.
  • His style evolved over time by building styles that varied from Beaux-Arts to Neo-Gothic and Art Deco.
  • The collaborations of Lawrie in collaboration with Ralph Adams Cram and Bertram Goodhue, helped him rise to the top of the architectural sculptors in America. The United States.

 


9. Jean Dupas

9. Jean Dupas

Born: 21 February 1882, Bordeaux, France

Died: 8 September 1964, Paris, France

On view: Museum of Modern Art André Malraux

Period: Art Deco

Education: Villa Medici (1910–1914), National School of Fine Arts

  • Jean Theodore Dupas was a French artist, painter and designer. He also designed posters.
  • Dupas was born in Bordeaux. He was born in Bordeaux. He was awarded the Prix de Rome for painting in the year 1910.
  • In the 30s, Dupas had been commissioned by Frank Pick to create the artwork for posters for the underground system that was part of London Transport.
  • Dupas has worked for various different Nouveau and Deco areas, including the fashion magazines Vogue along with Harper’s Bazaar.

 


10. Charles Catteau

10. Charles Catteau

Born: 26 January 1880, Douai, France

Died: 20 October 1966, Nice, France

Period: Art Deco

Education: ENSIL-ENSCI

  • Charles Catteau was a French Art Deco industrial designer.
  • It was 1904 when Catteau got a job with the German Nymphenburg Porcelain Factory near Munich.
  • In 1907, he was made director of the Decoration Department and Workshop of Imaginative Design which the position remained until 1948.
  • He died in Nice in the year 1966.

 


11. Am Cassandre

11. am cassandre

Born: 24 January 1901, Kharkiv, Ukraine

Died: 17 June 1968, Paris, France

Education: Académie Julian

Organization founded: Alliance Graphique Internationale

  • Cassandre was a French artist and commercial poster artist, as well as a font designer.
  • He was born Adolphe Jean-Marie Moron at Kharkiv, Ukraine.
  • His posters designed for his Dubonnet wine firm were among the first signs created in a way that enabled them to be seen as the occupants of vehicles that were moving.
  • Cassandre was successful enough that, with the help of his partners, Cassandre was able to establish his agency for advertising named Alliance Graphique.
  • As war commenced (World War II), Cassandre fought as a soldier in the French army until the end of France.

 


12. Louis Icart

12. Louis Icart

Born: 1888, Toulouse, France

Died: 29 December 1950, Paris, France

Period: Art Deco

Spouse: Fanny Volmers

Parents: Elisabeth Icart, Jean Icart

  • Louis Icart in Paris) was a French graphic artist, painter and illustrator.
  • Louis Justin Laurent Icart was the son of Jean Icart and Elisabeth Icart.
  • In the studio where he had initially made frivolous postcards using reproductions of images from the past, He soon began to design his work.
  • Icart later learned about the art of engraving copperplates and then continued to work on this technique.
  • He was currently working for one of the largest French design studios and illustrating their catalogs.

 


13. Demétre Chiparus

13. Demétre Chiparus

Born: 16 September 1886, Dorohoi, Romania

Died: 22 January 1947, Paris, France

On view: The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston

Period: Art Deco

Place of burial: Cimetière de Bagneux, Bagneux, France

  • Demetre Haralamb was a Romanian Art Deco era sculptor who worked and lived in Paris, France.
  • He was among the most influential sculptures of his time—the Art Deco era.
  • He was laid to rest in Bagneux Cemetery, just south of Paris.
  • The first sculptures by Chiparus were made in a realistic style and were displayed during the Salon of 1914.
  • The sophisticated style of Chiparus began to take shape from the 1920s onwards.

 


14. Edward Mason Eggleston

14. Edward Mason Eggleston

Born: 22 November 1882, Ashtabula, Ohio, United States

Died: 14 January 1941, New York, New York, United States

Education: Columbus College of Art & Design

  • Edward Mason Eggleston was an American artist who was a specialist in calendar portraits of women. Stylish and amazing.
  • He was a student at the Columbus Art School located in Columbus, Ohio and moved to New York about 1915
  • Eggleston discovered an American trend toward escapist fantasy during the Great Depression years of the 1930s.
  • He was a renowned illustrator throughout his time in his 20s and 30s, which is part of the Golden Age of Illustration.
  • The art that these artists produced, Eggleston among them, was inspired by the things that would be sold to the American public.

 


15. Hildreth Meiere

15. Hildreth Meiere

Born: 1892, New York, New York, United States

Died: 1961

Parents: Marie Hildreth Meiere

  • Hildreth Meiere was an American designer and artist who was active during the early part of the 20th century, particularly with regard to Art Deco architecture.
  • Hildreth Meiere was born in New York City in 1892.
  • When she was studying the work from The Renaissance Masters, she is said to have said, “After that, I knew I couldn’t be content even with a huge wall to paint.
  • Being a woman in a male-dominated industry was a challenge for her, and she started her career as a costume designer for theater actors. This profession was more popular among women of the time.
  • In Meiere’s career that was successful which lasted for 30 years and had more than 100 commissions.

 


16. George Barbier

16. George Barbier

Born: Nantes, France

Died: 16 March 1932, Paris, France

Nationality: French

Artworks: Falbalas et Fanfreluches. Almanach des modes…, MORE

Education: National School of Fine Arts

  • George Barbier was one of the greatest French artists of the early 20th century.
  • In his professional life, Barbier has also turned his hands to the glass, jewelry, and wallpaper design. He also published numerous articles and essays.
  • Barbier died in 1932, at the peak of his achievements. He was buried in the cemetery of Misericorde, Nantes.
  • Barbier was just 29 years old at the time he put on his first exhibit in 1911.

 


17. John Austen

17. John Austen

Born: 5 January 1886, England, United Kingdom

Died: 27 October 1948, Hythe, United Kingdom

Awards: Independent Publisher Book Award for Best Book Arts Craftsmanship

Books: The Best Poems of 1926

  • John Archibald Austen was a British book illustrator.
  • He was moved to London in 1906, where he took art classes.
  • The books he illustrated using this method include Daphnis as well as Chloe along with Like You Like It.
  • Austen employed a variety of techniques in his illustrations, such as wood engraving as well as scraperboard and he also altered the style to match the content he was drawing.
  • He also worked with advertising creating advertisements, various posters and a myriad of dust wrapper designs.

 


18. Joseph-Émile Brunet

18. Joseph-Émile Brunet

Born: 1893, Huntingdon, Canada

Died: 1977, Montreal, Canada

Period: Art Deco

  • Joseph-Emile Brunet was a Canadian artist based in Quebec.
  • A lot of his sculptures portray important national figures and events from Canada.
  • He was also given an order for two bronze doors that depict animals.
  • Joseph-Emile Brunet sculpted 14 ” Stations of the Cross” covering inside the church’s walls.
  • He designed a bust shape from Adelard Godbout that was erected in Montreal, Quebec.

 


19. Joseph Csaky

19. Joseph Csaky

Born: 18 March 1888, Szeged, Hungary

Died: 1 May 1971, Paris, France

Books: Joseph Csáky: A Pioneer of Modern Sculpture

  • Joseph Csaky was a Hungarian avant-garde artist, sculptor also a graphic designer.
  • A pioneer in contemporary sculpture A pioneer in modern art, Csaky is one of the most significant artists of the early 20th century.
  • In the last decade of the 1920s, he worked with other artists on furniture design and other ornamental pieces that included elements from his Studio House of the fashion designer Jean-Jacques Doucet.
  • His work is currently being held to be held by French as well as Hungarian institutions in addition to galleries, museums and private collections, both in France as well as abroad.

 


20. Jean Lambert-Rucki

20. Jean Lambert-Rucki

Born: 17 September 1888, Kraków, Poland

Died: 27 July 1967, Paris, France

Education: Académie Colarossi

Nationality: French, Polish

  • Jean Lambert-Rucki was a Polish Avant-garde creator, sculpturer as well as a graphic designer. He was most famous for his involvement with his participation in the Cubist, Surrealist and Art Deco movements.
  • He experimented with a variety of styles and mediums, and sometimes he was inspired by tribal art and traditional artwork that was found in Africa.
  • He attended art classes in his hometown, where he pursued his studies. Later, he attended Krakow’s School of Fine Arts in Krakow, where he made close to Moise Kisling.
  • He soon met friends of Polish origin, who welcomed him into their home.
  • Lambert-Rucki made living editing images from Montmartre and other places, a job that did not meet his financial requirements.

 


21. Herman Sachs

21. Herman Sachs

Born: 24 July 1883, Bacău, Romania

Died: 11 November 1940, Los Angeles, California, United States

Period: Art Deco

  • Herman Sachs was an artist and art teacher located in Los Angeles and active in Germany as well as in the United States.
  • Born into a Jewish household in Romania, Sachs began his art education as a youngster under the guidance of his father.
  • He immigrated to the U.S. due to antisemitism in Europe at the age of 17, and He settled in Chicago.
  • After his return back to the United States in 1920, Sachs was a guest artist in his home at the Art Institute of Chicago and also established his own Chicago Industrial Art School.
  • As a decorator and muralist, Sachs went on to design the interiors of numerous Los Angeles landmarks.

 


22. Rene Paul Chambellan

22. Rene Paul Chambellan 1

Born: 15 September 1893, West Hoboken, New Jersey

Died: 29 November 1955, Jersey City, New Jersey

Period: Art Deco

  • Rene Paul Chambellan was an American artist who was a specialist in architectural sculpture.
  • He was also among the leading users of the style that was then known as”French Modern” or “French Modern Style.”
  • He attended New York University from 1912 until 1914 and then in Paris.
  • He also often created designs with the style of the Greco Deco style.
  • During First World War, he was a sergeant during the First World War in France in the U.S. Army.

 


23. Marcel Janco

23. Marcel Janco

Born: 24 May 1895, Bucharest, Romania

Died: 21 April 1984, Ein Hod, Israel

Full name: Marcel Hermann Iancu

Awards: Dizengoff Prize

  • Marcel Janco was a Romanian in addition to an Israeli art director, visualist, architect, and art theorist.
  • He created many of the ingenuous landmarks in central Bucharest.
  • He was involved in various artistic styles, such as illustration sculpture, illustration as well as oil painting.
  • Janco was among the most influential Romanian Jewish intellectuals of his time.
  • At the center of antisemitic persecution prior to the start of World War II, The man fled to his homeland of the British Mandate of Palestine in 1941.

 


24. Santiago Martínez Delgado

24. Santiago Martínez Delgado

Born: 1906, Bogotá, Colombia

Died: 1954, Cajicá, Colombia

Nationality: Colombian

Period: Art Deco

Education: School of the Art Institute of Chicago

  • Santiago Martinez Delgado was a Colombian painter, sculptor and artist, art historian and writer.
  • He gained a name as a renowned muralist in the 1940s. He is also well-known for his illustrations, oil paintings and woodcarvings.
  • Martinez stood at the top of the Latin American art scene when he passed away at the age of 47.
  • Martinez’s ancestral roots greatly influenced his artistic choices and his books.
  • It was a tough childhood because of the expulsion of his father from Colombia.

 


25. Louis Lozowick

25. Louis Lozowick

Born: 10 December 1892, Kyiv Oblast, Ukraine

Died: 9 September 1973, New Jersey, United States

  • Louis Lozowick was an American-Russian artist along with a printer. He is regarded by his peers as an Art Deco and Precisionist artist. He mostly produced urban-inspired, sleek monochromatic lithographs during a period that spanned over fifty years.
  • In the late 1920s, he began making his first prints on lithographs.
  • In 1926, he was appointed to his journal editorial team with a left-wing slant, New Masses.
  • A copy of this lithograph was intended as an album front cover to new Masses which was never printed.
  • He was married to Adele Turner in 1933 and after that, he moved in the direction of South Orange.

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