Art Deco Style Of Art

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The term ‘Art Deco’ has been used to describe the sophisticated decorative style of art and design of the 1920s and 1930s. The name was derived from an abbreviation of the French words ‘art’ and ‘décoratif’, which were featured in the first major exhibition of decorative arts after the Great War, The Exposition Internationale des Arts Décoratifs et Industriels Modernes that was held in Paris in 1925. The term ‘Art Deco’ however was not common until the mid‐1960s, when the Musée des Arts Décoratifs in Paris mounted an exhibition entitled Les Années ‘25’: Art Déco/Bauhaus/Stijl/L’Esprit Nouveau (1966).
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Majority of the works featured focused on high-art traditions of luxury and quality, rather than exploring the functional aspects of domestic design. (Jared Goss, 2010).

The initial style of Art Deco emerged in response to the organically inspired Art Nouveau style. ‘Throughout Europe and even in the United States, designers and artists saw Art Nouveau as increasingly out of date due to its focus on nature instead of modern industry and the machine. In France, Art Deco became the new “modem” style which replaced Art Nouveau. Like Art Nouveau, Art Deco objects often consisted of unique pieces of art crafted with expensive materials for wealthy clients’(nelson, p.g 10). During the time between proposed opening of Exposition Internationale des Arts Décoratifs et Industriels Modernes in 1915 to 1925 many artist associated with Art Deco style such as Le Corbusier distanced themselves by embracing the more democratic elements linked with modernism(nelson, p.g 10). . There became a divide between artists and the style’s inability to reach the average consumer due to its use of costly materials(nelson, p.g 10). . Overtime style grew became much more restrained, rejecting running motifs and climbing stems for stylized and geometricized decoration. Characterized by it certain sensuousness of curving forms, lavish employment of luxurious materials and bold combinations of
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