Art Deco art movement
Art Deco is an eclectic artistic and design style that began in Paris in the 1920s and flourished internationally throughout the 1930s, into the World War II era. The style influenced all areas of design, including architecture and interior design, industrial design, fashion and jewelry, as well as the visual arts such as painting, graphic arts and film. At its best, Art Deco represented elegance, glamour, functionality and modernity. Art Deco's linear symmetry was a distinct departure from the flowing asymmetrical organic curves of its predecessor style Art Nouveau; it embraced influences from many different styles of the early 20th century, including Neoclassical, Constructivism, Cubism, Modernism and Futurism and drew inspiration from ancient Egyptian and Aztec forms. Art Deco experienced a decline in popularity during the late 1930s and early 1940s, but had resurgence during the 1960s. It continued with the popularization of graphic design during the 1980s. Art Deco had a profound influence on many later artistic styles, such as Memphis and Pop art. Architectural examples survive in many different locations worldwide. In New York, the Empire State Building, the Chrysler Building and Rockefeller Center are among the largest and best-known examples of the style. Tamara de Lempicka is probably the best known Art Deco painter.