Andrew Weiss Gallery is very excited to present a new collection of work by Russian-born French artist Romain de Tirtoff, or more commonly known as Erté. Andrew Weiss Gallery has recently acquired over 40 different unique fashion illustrations created by Erté in the 20th century. Each piece is unique and full of vibrant colors that pop right off the paper. These eye-catching paintings are windows into old Hollywood fashion and film.
Erté was a vastly diverse artist who excelled in an array of fields including fashion, jewelry, graphic arts, costume, and set design for film, theatre, opera, and interior decor. Erté designed over 200 covers for the popular magazine, Harper's Bazaar, as well as many others including Illustrated London News, Cosmopolitan, Ladies' Home Journal, and Vogue.
This particular group of pieces were the private collection of Helene Martini, also known as the Empress or the Countess. Martini was known for her involvement with the Parisian cabarets and owned 10 cabarets all over the city including Folies Bergere and Folies Pigalle. Her and Erté were great friends and he left this collection to her after he passed. A few years ago Helene Martini decided to put the whole collection up for auction.