A look back at the Art Deco France / North America exhibition

The exhibition “Art Déco France / North America” is a retrospective of the Art Déco movement, at the time when it was exported to North America. The exhibition takes place at the Palais de Chaillot in the 16th arrondissement of Paris, from 21 October 2020 to 6 March 2023.

Art Deco, which comes from the abbreviation “Arts Décoratifs”, is an artistic movement that originated in the 1910s in France, before being exported some time later to the United States in the 1920s. The movement died out before the outbreak of the Second World War in 1939, giving way to modern design.

Numerous artists took part in this movement which seduced the world: William Van Alen, Paul Iribe, Tamara de Lempicka, Louis Sue, Maurice Dufrêne, Paul Poiret, Sonia Delaunay, François Pompon…

The characteristics of Art Deco :

  • Luxury, harmony and comfort
  • Complex lines
  • Rounded lines
  • Ornamentation, metallic colours (gold, chrome…) and reinforced concrete.
  • Superimposed forms, floral and spiral motifs.

The Art Deco movement was introduced in many fields: art, tableware, furniture, fashion, jewellery, industrial, furniture, decoration…

Discover in pictures, the insertion of the Arts Deco movement in North America: