Born: November 23 1892, St. Petersburg, Russia Died: April 21, 1990
Erte, born Romain de Tirtoff was a vastly diverse artist who worked in printmaking, sculpture, fashion, jewelry, graphic arts, costume and set design for theatre, opera, and interior decor. Most of his works in all of these mediums were influence by the Art deco Period. His best-known image is "Symphony in Black", depicting a tall, slender woman draped in black holding a thin black dog on a leash. This image has been reproduced and copied countless times. During the 1060's, Erte had a lauded interest in his career during with the Art Deco revival. It was during this period that he branched out and created limited edition prints, bronzes, and wearable art. In a career that spans almost a decade, his work as an artist remains what he is most remembered for.