Born in St. Petersburg, Russia, Romain de Tirtoff (or “Erté” – a nickname based on the French pronunciation of his initials) was destined for a military career. However, he defied expectations and proved that he was to become a fabulous fashion illustrator, moving to Paris in 1912. He is notorious for his elaborate costumes and exotic designs, especially at the Folies-Bergère in Paris. Erté also spent a brief period of his life in Hollywood in 1925, working with MGM at the invitation of Louis B. Mayer.
Three Reasons to Collect Erte:
1. Father of the Art Deco Movement
2. Major contributor to art and fashion through Harper’s Bazar Magazine
3. Created seven limited edition bottle designs for Courvoisier to show the different stages of the cognac-making process