Erté (Romain de Tirtoff)

1892–1990

Erté (Romain de Tirtoff), ‘Sapphire’ 1969
Sapphire 1969
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Romain de Tirtoff (23 November 1892 – 21 April 1990) was a Russian-born French artist and designer known by the pseudonym Erté, from the French pronunciation of his initials (pronounced [ɛʁ.te], AIR TAY). He was a 20th-century artist and designer in an array of fields, including fashion, jewellery, graphic arts, costume and set design for film, theatre, and opera, and interior decor.

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