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Guillaume (Cosi Fan Tutte, Paris Opéra Comique), 1952

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Gouache on Paper

Framed Size: 27" x 23.25"

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About the Artist

About the Work

On March 21, 1952 the opening performance of the new French version of the Italian masterpiece “Cosi Fan Tutte” was held at the National Theater of Opera-Comique. The opera was directed and produced by Georges Hirsh with music composed by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and set and costumes by: Romain de Tirtoff (Erté) opened to a tremendous ovation. The colors and lights of the sets and costumes brilliantly worked with the music. Erté was quoted as saying that Cosi Fan Tutte brought him great personal acclaim and satisfaction.
About the costume:
The part of “Guillaume” was performed by Louis Noguare. (1910-1984)
Guillaume leaves for war only to sneak back to Italy and spy on his beloved Fleurdelise. He wears a fake mustache and an Albanian military pleated fustanella made of cotton. Erté designed the skirt so that it was long enough to cover the whole thigh, leaving only the lower leg exposed.
Erté created the jacket, worn with the fustanella in the Albanian Military uniform. The jacket has a free armholes to allow for the passage of the arm, while the sleeves, attached only on the upper part of the shoulders, are thrown back. Erté exposed an ornamented yataghan (knife) on the left side. "Guillaume (Cosi Fan Tutte, Paris Opéra Comique), 1952" is a gouache on paper, created in 1952 by Erté. The image size is 12 x 7.5 - inches. The framed size is 27 x 23.25 - inches. "Guillaume (Cosi Fan Tutte, Paris Opéra Comique), 1952" comes signed and with a certificate of authenticity.

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.

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