Art of the 1920s

Art Deco

What is Art Deco?

Art Deco is the predominant decorative art style of the 1920s and 1930s, characterized by precise and boldly delineated geometric shapes and strong colors, and use most notably in household objects and in architecture. Art Deco is characterized by use of materials such as aluminum, stainless steel, lacquer, inlaid wood, sharkskin, and zebra skin. The bold use of zigzag and stepped forms, and sweeping curves, chevron patterns, and the sunburst motif.

Were did Art Deco come from?

Art Deco was a movement in decorative arts that also affected architecture. It derived its name from the World's fair held in Paris in 1925, which showcased French luxury goods. Art Deco did not originate with the Exposition; it was a major style in Europe from the early 1920s, though it did not catch on in the U.S. until about 1928.

ART DECO LifeStylE ( 1920s-30s)

Maxfield Parrish: An Art Deco Artist

He was an American painter and illustrator. He began drawing for his own entertainment as a child and his parents encouraged his natural talent. He attended Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts and then pursued an artistic career over many decades that helped shape the Golden Age of illustration and the future of American visual arts.