The Artist Birthday Series

Erté

Erté

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.

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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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