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Art Deco Movement

Art Deco Movement

what is art deco?

Sometimes referred to as simply “Deco”, Art Deco was an art style that was characterized by vivid colors and daring geometry that led to extremely luxurious and detailed artworks. Art Deco first appeared in France just before the start of World War One.

a history

The Art Deco period was determined to restore France’s reputation as the first-class creator of decorative arts once again.

the society of decorative artists

The group contested the hierarchical organization that demoted decorative artists to an inferior status.

an important exhibition

The French government, which hosted the Exposition International des Arts Decorates et Industrials Moderns were responsible for introducing the Art Deco style into the art world.

appropriate definition

At first, the term “Art Deco” was used in a disdainful way by the modernist architect Le Corbusier.

different forms of art

The Art Deco period was characterized by harmonious, clean, geometric, sleek, usually uncomplicated, and visually pleasing artworks.

art deco design

Shapes that signified motion were used in many Art Deco designs and even featured in objects that were not intended to move.

art deco furniture

As the Art Deco movement continued, Émile-Jacques Ruhlmann appeared to be the forerunner in furniture.


The architecture that emerged from the Art Deco period is possibly one of the most well-known features of the entire art movement.


The Art Deco building elements also featured in some engineering projects, most notably in the towers of the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco.


Art Deco attempted to blend functional objects with artistic touches, making it so different from other fine art styles.

art deco in america

Emphasizing the technological advancements of the era, American Art Deco quickly grew and expanded to have a far greater following and use in the United States than in Europe.

late art deco

By 1925, two different and contending schools coexisted within the Art Deco movement: the traditionalists and the modernists.

notable art deco artists

René Lalique  (1860 – 1945)

Émile-Jacques Ruhlmann (1879 – 1933)

William Van Alen  (1883 – 1954)

Sonia Delaunay  (1885 – 1979)

the legacy left by art deco

Art Deco experienced a revitalization during the 1960s with the beginning of the consumerist culture.  Since then, a steady and continued interest in the Art Deco movement can be seen in the various art styles and designs that have emerged.