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About the Work
"Ladies In Waiting" is a bronze wall sculpture created by Ertè in 1990. The image size is 22 x 22 x 4-inch. The framed size is 22.25 x 22.25 -inch.
Originally a fashion drawing for Harper's Bazaar in April, 1922. Ladies in Waiting were female personal assistants who attended to queens, princesses or noblewomen. A lady-in-waiting was often a noblewoman herself, but typically from a lower rank than the one she attended to. Although not considered a servant, a Lady in Waiting could be required to perform various duties including being proficient in the current dances of the time, languages, instruments, reading, writing letters, sewing and embroidery.
About the Artist
Erté was born Romain de Tirtoff in St. Petersburg, Russia on November 23rd, 1892 and was raised amidst Russia's social elite. At the age of five he created an evening gown for his mother and managed to persuade the adults to craft it, they were astounded by the results. In 1912, Romain left St. Petersburg for Paris at the age of nineteen with the aim of becoming an artist. After working with Paul " Le Magnifique" Poiret on several theatrical productions Romain, still under the pseudonym of Erte, began to work more independently. He hand-crafted original costume and fashion designs for many of the era’s most renowned actresses, including Joan Crawford, Lillian Gish, Marion Davies, Anna Pavlova, Norma Shearer, and others. His masterpieces for the stage included extravagant production designs at venues such as New York’s Radio City Music Hall, the Casino de Paris, and the Paris Opera. In 1915 he began his long professional relationship with Harper's Bazaar and created 240 covers for the esteemed magazine. For 6 months in 1916, Erté simultaneously worked with Vogue as well. As a result of his highly publicized success, Erté would later be called the father of the ‘Art Deco’ movement.