Art Deco

A modern style of the 1920s and 1930s characterized by geometric shapes, defined outlines, Egyptian motifs, bold colors and the use of synthetic materials. Inspired in part by the latest technology and archaeological discoveries, it was also a reaction against the nature-inspired forms of its predecessor, Art Nouveau.

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Art Deco
Art Moderne
Style Moderne
American Deco
Art Décoratif
Deco, American
Jazz Modern

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Refers to the style predominently of architecture and the decorative arts, widely disseminated in Europe and the United States in the 1920s and 1930s, which became popular after the Exposition Internationale des Arts Décoratifs et Modernes in Paris in 1925. The style is characterized by a synthesis of industrial and fine arts materials used to create a wide variety of both man-made and mass-produced objects, often with an emphasis on rectilinear motifs, vibrant colors, and elegant, abstracted, simplified forms.

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  1. 1.  The Getty Art & Architecture Thesaurus, 300021426. The J. Paul Getty Trust.