Erté: Romain de Tirtoff 1892-1990



ISBN: 9781906257286 Category:

Brian Sewell, Michael Estorick, Mikhail Dedinkin, Morgan Falconer


Anniversary edition celebrating the life and work of Romain de Tirtoff, better known as Erté, whose illustrations for Harper’s Bazaar and Vogue made him one of the most sought-after artists of the 20th century.

Romain de Tirtoff (1892-1990), who changed his name to Erté (‘R’ and ‘T’ in French) when he left his native St Petersburg for Paris in 1912, became one of the most sought-after artists of the 20th century. His illustrations for Harper’s Bazaar and Vogue remain classics of the genre, proving that mass art can be genuine art. His work as stage, costume and fashion designer in Europe and America combined an eye for fashion and elegance with a sense of theatricality. In the early days Erté worked closely with the couturier Paul Poiret; he then took his remarkable talent to the stage, producing numerous designs for the revues and shows that were so popular at the time, as well as to film with his work for MGM. Mata Hari, Lillian Gish, Anna Pavlova and George Balanchine were just some of those whose costumes were designed by Erté. Even when his fame dipped, Erté remained true to his life’s work, continuing to create his wonderfully refined and delicate drawings, including the popular Alphabet series.

Additional information

Weight 574 g
Dimensions 21 x 26 cm
Publisher name Fontanka
Publication date 1 April 2018
Number of pages 124
Format Paperback / softback
Dimensions 21 x 26 cm
Weight 574 g
Mikhail Dedinkin is Deputy Head of the Department of Western-European Art and Curator of 19th- and 20th-Century Drawings at the Hermitage Museum in St Petersburg. Michael Estorick is a novelist and Chairman of the Estorick Collection of Modern Italian Art in London. His parents, Eric and Salome Estorick, were Erté's great friends and agents. Morgan Falconer is a New York-based journalist and critic. Brian Sewell (1931-2015) was a renowned art critic, who wrote regularly for the Evening Standard. Barbra Streisand is an actress, singer, director, writer, producer, designer, author and activist.