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The Art Deco Movement in the US and Europe
The works of Art Deco, including buildings, furniture, and jewelry, belong to one of the
most sophisticated and attractive periods of the twentieth century. They convey a special mood
and the lifestyle that emerged in the West after the shock of World War I had passed. The birth
of the Art Deco movement is dated at 1925, the year when an international exhibit of modern
decorative arts and industrial projects took place in Paris. Based on this exhibit, twelve volumes
of an encyclopedia of new works of decorative art have been published. It is there that the term
“Art Deco” first appeared (Art Deco 2012).
Art Deco is a style that is deliberately luxurious, designed for the middle class. Unlike its
contemporary style, the strict and functional avant-garde architecture, Art Deco did not aim to
build a new and more fair future for mankind. On the contrary, it made it possible to enjoy life
here and now. This style flourished in America and aimed to prove that, in some ways, the New
World has surpassed the its elder Europe. Cocktails, jazz and Art Deco brought to London,
Paris, and Milan the sense of joy of life, that had swept across America, which had not seen the
destruction of WWI (Art Deco 2012). And, although Europe was soon overtaken by new
political and military conflicts, while America dove into the Great Depression, Art Deco steadily
resisted pessimism. Its end was only marked by the entry of the US into World War II.
The most famous architect in France, who worked in the Art Deco style, was Robert
Mallet-Stevens. He built a whole street in Paris which bears his name. Other legendary
designers, such as Emile-Jacques Ruhlmann, Andre Grue and Paul Iribe created interiors where
furniture, accessories, and paintings combined into very decorative ensembles. In New York,
Ely Jacques Kahn was similarly successful (Anika D. 2015). He designed the lobbies of two
dozen skyscrapers. Meanwhile, Joseph Urban designed the pavilions at the "Century of Progress"
exhibit in Chicago in the style of Art Deco.
Over the two decades of its existence, Art Deco has developed its own character, in its
own way confronting pragmatism, while cultivating refinement. Art Deco combined everything
that was liked by its artists: eastern exoticism, historical themes, new technologies, luxury
materials, and modern art, especially Cubism (Anika D. 2015). Passion for exotic motifs
gleaned from the Aztecs, the Mayans and the Ancient Egyptians, increased after the discoveries
of ancient cities in the forests of Mexico and the opening the tomb of Tutankhamen in 1922.
For Art Deco, the major goal was decoration...
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