Villanis’s depictions of the female form frequently featured elements of mythology and floral adornments through which he projected the suggestion of eroticism in his designs. His seeming obsession with female subjects, differed from the typical attraction of most artists and collectors of the time,
When it comes to Art Deco, one artist can be credited for influencing a generation more than any other. Romain de Tirtoff, more commonly known by his pseudonym Erté, was a true polymath. He was brilliantly gifted in art and design across a wide swath of mediums, including graphic arts, jewellery, costuming, set design, interior décor and fashion. His enduring influence on Art Deco (and beyond) is felt all over the world to this day.
In many towns, the traditional high street antique shops are disappearing. Rents grow ever higher, and some styles of antiques have fallen out of fashion. As a result, more and more shops are abandoning their brick and mortar locations, and collectors are lamenting a dearth of local antiques shops. In the age of the Internet and myriad social media selling platforms (such as eBay and Etsy), many dealers have taken solely to the online world.
Since 1936, for over 80 years, Hickmet Fine Arts has been fortunate enough to work with some of the most renowned works of art from the Art Nouveau era. Over three generations we have witnessed the style fundamentally changed the course of art history, with it’s impact still felt today. Here we explore the origins of the movement and how it came to be one of the most defining styles of the 20th century.
The most famous of the two brothers, Charles Schneider was born in Chateau-Thierry, near Paris, on 23rd February 1881. When he was a young child his family relocated to Nancy, the artistic centre of France. In 1904, he went to the Ecole Nationale des Beaux-Arts in Paris and then trained at Daum with his brother, Ernest Schneider (1877-1937).