Was Art Deco the last stand for artists, when society still maintained respect of the craftsman and their contribution to everyday objects, architecture and the skills required?

Art Deco was definitely a period of celebrating luxury which equated to artisan designed consumer goods. This luxury however was being realized through the beginning of manufacturing and more specifically it heralded the beginning of mass production. Was Art Deco the beginning of the end for household artisan goods?

Straight from Wikipedia:

Art Deco is an influential visual arts design style that first appeared in France just before World War I and began flourishing internationally in the 1920s, 1930s and 1940s before its popularity waned after World War II. It is an eclectic style that combines traditional craft motifs with Machine Age imagery and materials. The style is often characterized by rich colours, bold geometric shapes and lavish ornamentation.

One of its major attributes is an embrace of technology. This distinguishes Deco from the organic motifs favoured by its predecessor Art Nouveau. Historian Bevis Hillier defined Art Deco as “an assertively modern style [that] ran to symmetry rather than asymmetry, and to the rectilinear rather than the curvilinear; it responded to the demands of the machine and of new material [and] the requirements of mass production”. During its heyday, Art Deco represented luxury, glamour, exuberance and faith in social and technological progress.

Top image, Young lady with gloves, by Tamara de Lempicka.

Vogue Cover 1929

Vogue Cover 1929

 

Personally I am not the biggest fan of Art Deco, it is too harsh, mechanical and angular for me. I am more aligned to its earlier cousin Art Nouveau with its softer, curvaceous and nature based inspirations. I do enjoy some of its female fashion, figurines and glassware items which speak loudly of elegance and celebration .. almost like fireworks! It has also left such a beautiful legacy in architecture we still see today, what do you think of Art Deco?

1920s playing card art

1920s playing card art

 

Art deco sketch by Charles Gesmar of showgirl, 1926

Art deco sketch by Charles Gesmar of showgirl, 1926

 

Art Deco Pattern, c1928, André Durenceau

Art Deco Pattern, c1928, André Durenceau

 

Three decorative panels by A. Smit

One of three decorative panels by A. Smit

 

20's. Hagenauer bronze figure

20’s. Hagenauer bronze figure

 

Art Deco Silver and Gold, Sapphire, and Diamond Set Vanity Case by Ostertag ca. 1930

Art Deco Silver and Gold, Sapphire, and Diamond Set Vanity Case by Ostertag ca. 1930

 

Demetre Chiparus - Art Déco - Sculpture 'Danseuse de Footsteps' - 1925

Demetre Chiparus – Art Déco – Sculpture ‘Danseuse de Footsteps’ – 1925

 

Demetre Chiparus - Art Déco - Sculpture 'Semiramis'

Demetre Chiparus – Art Déco – Sculpture ‘Semiramis’

 

Figure, Octopus Lady, ca. 1925, France Sculpted by Demetre Chiparus

Figure, Octopus Lady, ca. 1925, France Sculpted by Demetre Chiparus

 

French Art Deco Figure of a Woman c.1925 LE VERRIER. Cast in white metal with bronze patina. Attributed to Pierre LE FAGUAYS (French, b.1892)

French Art Deco Figure of a Woman c.1925 LE VERRIER. Cast in white metal with bronze patina. Attributed to Pierre LE FAGUAYS (French, b.1892)

 

1930's Czech Art Deco Jeweled Perfume Bottle

1930’s Czech Art Deco Jeweled Perfume Bottle

 

Art Deco Era Yellow Cut to Clear w Germany Crystal Glass Perfume Bottle

Art Deco Era Yellow Cut to Clear w Germany Crystal Glass Perfume Bottle

 

Perfume Bottle Flower Signed Pesnicak

Perfume Bottle Flower Signed Pesnicak

 

Rene Lalique Art Deco ‘Courlis’ vase, deep green glass with whitish patina circa 1931

Rene Lalique Art Deco ‘Courlis’ vase, deep green glass with whitish patina circa 1931

 

Bohemia from ORIGINAL molds used in 1930

Bohemia from ORIGINAL molds used in 1930

 

Classic Car Mascot Bohemian Vaseline Uranium Glass Hood Ornament Paperweight

Classic Car Mascot Bohemian Vaseline Uranium Glass Hood Ornament Paperweight

 

Art Deco Stained Glass in a Melbourne House Art Deco stained glass window, Boston Avenue Methodist Church, Tulsa, Oklahoma

 

Tiffany 'ANEMONE' PAPERWEIGHT VASE circa 1926

Tiffany ‘ANEMONE’ PAPERWEIGHT VASE circa 1926

 

Jean-Dunand-Jean-Goulden-Lacquered-cabinet-1921.

Jean-Dunand-Jean-Goulden-Lacquered-cabinet-1921.

 

Chrysler Building

The iconic Chrysler Building, New York

 

Hoover factory, London

Hoover factory, London

 

Below is heritage listed Chisholm House in Perth, Australia. Built by renowned architect in 1939 Oswald Chisholm, the house was brought back to its former glory by recent owner over the past 14 years.

Chisolm House, Dalkeith, Australia

Chisolm House, Dalkeith, Australia 3

Chisolm House, Dalkeith, Australia 2

Always the artist

Dina