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 Romain (Erte) De Tirtoff  (1892 - 1990)

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Lived/Active: New York / Russian Federation/France      Known for: art-deco designs, magazine illustration, sculpture

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BIOGRAPHY for Romain De Tirtoff
1892 (St. Petersburg, Russia)

New York / Russian Federation/France

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Romain Erte was born Romain de Tirtoff in St. Petersburg, Russia.  The only son of an admiral in the Imperial Fleet, he was raised amidst Russia's social elite. As a young boy, he was fascinated by the Persian miniatures he found in his father's library.  These exotic, brightly patterned designs continued to be important to him and influenced the development of his style.  He moved to Paris at the age of eighteen and took the name Erte, from the French pronunciation of his (showing 500 of 14997 characters).

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