The author is a retired attorney but still producing artist.
This is a powerpoint presentation about the Art Deco Movement in Art History. There are actual slides on this page for evaluating the presentation.
EXCERPT ART DECO:
Art Deco was a visual arts design movement. It first cropped up in France just before WWI began (1914). Art Deco expressed glamour, pleasure, and escape. It mirrored the newly mechanized world yet also drew upon both classical European design and avant-garde art.
Art Deco was egalitarian by embracing all art forms. It was not snobbish about what kind of art was “better.” So fine art, sculpture, architecture, crafts, textiles, and so forth were all on the same level playing field.
During the Depression, the movies showed sumptuously decorated apartments and gorgeously garbed film stars. This was how the public was exposed to the art deco style. A small percentage of people, the well to-do, were the ones who owned the actual art deco pieces. That is true today as well since they are sold as valuable antiques. Art Deco was adopted the most in architecture, interior design, poster art, furniture, jewelry, textiles, fashion and industrial design.