The Artist Birthday Series



Erté (23 November 1892 – 21 April 1990) was a Russian-born French artist and designer. He was a diversely talented 20th-century artist and designer who flourished in an array of fields, including fashion, jewelry, graphic arts, costume and set design for film, theatre, and opera, and interior decor.


Erté was born Roman Petrovich Tyrtov (Роман Петрович Тыртов) in Saint Petersburg, to a distinguished family with roots tracing back to 1548. His father, Pyotr Ivanovich Tyrtov, served as an admiral in the Russian Fleet.

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4 thoughts on “Erté

  1. I had Erté paper dolls as a child. I would spend hours dressing and undressing the beautiful french models. His work was absolute perfection. I remember they brought me such joy and love. I considered becoming a costume designer until I figured out that I was terrible at sewing! This page is lovely thank you.
    I had no idea he enjoyed wearing his work. How fantastic to see. I wish everyone could get a chance to wear such amazing clothes.

    1. Erté paper dolls??? How wonderful is THAT??? 😀 Thank you so much for your comment and visiting my site. It is a labor of love, and I am always so pleased when I get feedback that someone else enjoys it too!

  2. The photo that you have labeled as being a costume from “The Mystic” is misidentified. The actress is Betty Blythe and the movie is “Chu Chin Chow” made in 1923, two years before Erte came to Hollywood.

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