Art Deco : A Period Of Great Artistry

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The 1920’s was a period of great artistry, where new forms of art, fashion, architecture, literature, and music were created. One of the new styles of the day was art deco, or style modernes, a style influenced by the technological and economic advances of the decade. The name is short for Art Decoratifs, which refers to the Exposition Internationale des Arts Décoratifs et Industriels Modernes, held in Paris in 1925, where the style was first exhibited. The exposition was one of the world fairs commonly held at the time, showcasing French goods and high fashions to the world. Unfortunately, such lavish and widespread fairs became increasingly uncommon after the event of World War I, and after advances in technology created devices such as the radio and, eventually, television, the world fairs ended. When people could remain up to date on technological and artistic advances from the comforts of their own homes, the world fairs became unnecessary. Examples of art deco were exhibited at the Exposition Internationale, which allowed the art style to grow in popularity and spread throughout western Europe. It eventually spread to the United States in 1928, where it would remain popular well into the 1930’s and 40’s, waning only at the beginning of World War II.
Most of the characteristic features of the art deco style were influenced by the new technology and wealth of the era. The appreciation for machines, man-made materials, and the wealth and leisure they brought, could be…
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