The Art Déco Movement Lives on

Let’s talk Art Déco…even though you might not know what it refers to..the term is widely used even today…

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So as I listen to the Jazz Age by Bryan Ferry…I ought to go back…waaayyy back..to the 1920s to be precise..where it all began..

The idea of Art Déco was actually born in the Roaring Twenties or the Jazz Age…the time when “the tempo of the city approached hysteria, stocks reached record peaks and Wall Street boomed in steady golden roar..the parties were bigger, the shows were broader, the buildings were higher, the morals were looser..” as Nick Carraway in F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby candidly remarks about the 1920s vibes in New York..

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Art Dèco cover patterns The Great Gatsby (Penguin Classics)

Back in the 20s but in Paris, now, the Art Déco style was crystallised in 1925..the influence of the movement however quickly went off borders to influence the rest of the world both in architecture and culture…

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Streamline Moderne, the American version of the Art Deco style was a stripped-down and sleek version of the more sophisticated and often bespoke European Art Déco style. In many ways, the American style grew and evolved to have a much bigger following and use in the U.S. than in Europe.

Key Ideas

  • As a style it constitutes a mix of modern decorative art styles, largely of the 1920s and 1930s, from elements mainly derived from various avant-garde painting styles of the early 20th century. The patterns below say it all..
  • With the advent of large-scale manufacturing, artists and designers wished to enhance the appearance of mass-produced functional objects – everything from clocks and ashtrays to cars and buildings.

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  • Art Déco’s pursuit of beauty in all aspects of life was directly reflective of the relative newness and mass usage of machine-age technology contrasting traditional crafting methods to produce many objects.
The Classic Art Déco style is still standing as a constant remainder of the Jazz Age yet harmoniously embracing fresher notes of modernity…It’s modern applications truly ooze charm and elegance..

The  Art Déco has never been forgotten as it defined a whole era characterised by an idealistic sense of luxury, frivolity, travel, dance, freedom and eternal optimism..largely missing from current times…

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For the lovers of Art Déco:
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2 Comments Add yours

  1. Antigoni says:

    Very inspiring!!! The quote of Carraway is a true reflection of those times!
    Can’t wait to read the next one! 😉

    Liked by 1 person

    1. eforelegance says:

      Indeed!! The Great Gatsby is one of my all time favourite books and I just HAD to make a reference…Thank youu for suporitng ❤

      Like

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