Erte'
"the Marschallin's dressing room"
from Der Rosenkavalier
(The Knight of the Rose)


Original plate (not a modern reproduction)
rescued from a 1980 publication of Erte's costumes and set designs
for the comic opera by Richard Strauss.
In 1978, at 86 years old, Erte agreed to design for the small European opera company Glyndebourne, for a fee smaller than he usually commanded for a singe poster, because he had "been waiting all his life for someone to ask him to design Der Rosenkavalier". He asked that the opera be set in the middle of the nineteenth century, so he could use the starker outline and darker color of male attire of the later period, as well as the highly romantic women's fashions, thus retaining the element of the exquisite, and the fantasy of what could be seen as an "adult fairy tale". The designs delivered to Glyndebourne in January, 1980 made Erte's statement about what is probably the most feminine opera ever written. Erte was seen as a living legend, "the inventor of a unique and unmistakable visual language embodying the female form."

This plate is in very good condition, on semi-glossy paper.
The edge that was bound in is a little rough, and slightly wrinkled,
tip of corner slightly creased.
This is the original 1980 reproduction print, it is not a copy from a laser printer, or otherwise.

plate size: 9 1/4 X 12 1/4 inches
printed area (not including caption): 7 5/8 X 10 5/8 inches

Caption ("Set for Act I, Scene 2: the Marschallin's dressing room.") and page number below,
the back side has another image.

Highly suitable for framing!

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Romaine de Tirtoff (1892-1990), was an artist and designer of diverse talents, excelling in the fields of fashion, jewellery, graphic arts, costume & set design, and interior decor. Born in St.Petersburg, Russia, he moved to Paris in 1910 to pursue a careeer as a designer, and assumed the pseudonym Erte' (from the French pronunciation of his initials), to avoid disgracing his father, who wanted him to continue the family tradition and become a naval officer. In 1915 he secured a substantial contract with Harper's Bazaar magazine. Between 1915 and 1937 he designed over 200 of the magazine's covers, and his illustrations appeared in other notable magazines. Erte' is probably most famous for his sophisticated, glamorous fashion designs, which captured the Art Deco style so well, and his ideas and art still influence fashion today. In 1925, he was brought to Hollywood to design sets and costumes for silent films. There was a major renewal of interest in his art with the Art Deco revival in the 1960's, and he branched out into the realm of limited edition prints, bronzes, and wearable art. His work can be found in the collections of several well-known museums,
including the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
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