Artist of the Day- Folding Screens (click on image to view individually)

Art Deco followed Art Nouveau and reached its apex at the Exposition Internationales des Arts Decoratifs et Industriels Modernes (whew) held in Paris in1925. It combined modernist styles with fine craftsmanship and rich materials. During its heyday, Art Deco represented luxury, glamour, exuberance, and faith in social and technological progress. Art Deco was influenced by the bold geometric forms of Cubism, the colors of Fauvism, fine craftsmanship, and rich and luxurious materials. The Chrysler Building in NYC and the early artwork of Matisse, Picasso and Derain are examples of the fine arts of the period.