Great Gatsby-Art Deco

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Great Gatsby-Art Deco

Posted on: May 20th, 2015 by Heideh Fardi-Lindstrom

If you’ve ever had the pleasure of reading the Great Gatsby you will have noticed the exuberance and excess of the era which were represented in the clothing, art and home decor.
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The modernist movement and Art Deco emerged as the defining characterized style of the 1920s,1930s and 1940s. The era was highlighted by bold geometric, dramatic flourishes and icons. These were influences from the Far East and the dazzling artifacts discovered in King Tutankhamen’s tomb. The style responded to the human need for pleasure, escape and faith in social and technological progress and was captured beautifully in the film The Great Gatsby featuring Leonardo Di Caprio; notice the geometric patterns in both the rails and flooring.

“Visually the movement is characterized by sumptuous colors, bold geometric shapes and lavish ornamentation. The style is classical, symmetrical, and rectilinear…purely decorative.” (Art republic)
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The decline of Art Deco was imposed by World War II. It did, however, leave us with many beautiful landmarks and design ideas that are to this day incorporated in architecture and design.
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