Celebrating Forty-One Years of Fine Art on Royal Street in the Heart of the French Quarter


WHATHoliday Opening Reception & Exhibit Celebrating the Birthday and Works of Erté, the Father of Art Deco

WHERE: Martin Lawrence Gallery
433 Royal Street (between Conti and St. Louis Streets)

WHEN: Saturday, December 15, 2018
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM   Exhibit runs through December 31, 2018

RSVP requested but not required  (504) 299-9055

SCOPE: Boasting the finest collection of Erté Art Deco in the city, Martin Lawrence       Gallery New Orleans invites the public to join us for Erté inspired merriment with wine, music, food, fun and a fabulous display of works at our Erté Art      Deco Holiday Party and special exhibit celebrating the Erté s birthday.         

Of special note and interest, gouaches painted by Erté dating back to 1917 as well as his other works will be featured during the exhibit and available for acquisition.   Born on November 23, 1892, Erte died at the age of 98 on April 21, 1990. His legend and masterful creations continue to amaze and delight aficionados of the art and fashion world.      

ABOUT MARTIN LAWRENCE GALLERIES:                           

Founded in 1975, Martin Lawrence Galleries (MLG), is headquartered in Greenwich, Connecticut. With 9 gallery locations nationwide. New York, Chicago, Dallas, New Orleans, Las Vegas, San Francisco, La Jolla, Costa Mesa and Lahaina. Martin Lawrence Galleries excels in connecting collectors with the finest works by Modern and Contemporary masters and the best emerging artists, in addition to loaning over 250 artworks to more than 32

esteemed museums and institutions internationally. Visit online at

MARTIN LAWRENCE GALLERY NEW ORLEANS offers exclusive limited edition and original works by renowned contemporary artists making art affordable for all levels of collectors. Located in the heart of the French Quarter on Royal Street, the gallery is open to the public seven days a week from 10am – 6pm.


“Art Deco, of course, is the confluence of Cubism and Art Nouveau.”
—ERTE         (Romain de Tirtoff)

The designs created by Erte during his long and illustrious life influenced not only the world of theatre, film and fashion, but an entire art movement as well. The genius of Erte is evidenced by an enormous body of work that is considered among the most influential and unique of the 20th century.

The legendary career of Erte spanned nearly the entire length of his life. In 1912, Erte moved to Paris and his unique talent was immediately recognized by the city’s most established couturiers. In 1915, Erte began an association with Harper’s Bazaar by designing covers of each of their magazines for the next 22 years.

The influence of his work as a result of the high visibility of this periodical influenced an entire art movement that was to become known as “Art Deco.” Throughout this period, Erte also created original costume and fashion designs for many of the era’s renowned screen actresses, including Joan Crawford, Lillian Gish, Marion Davies, Norma Shearer and others. His creations for the stage included extravagant designs for productions at such venues as New York’s Radio City Music Hall, the Casino de Paris and the Paris Opera, as well as for the Folies-Bergères and George White’s Scandals.

At the age of 75, Erte was encouraged to embark on a new career and began to recreate the remarkable designs of his youth in bronze and serigraphy. The Art Deco movement was hence reborn. A lifetime of international success has ensured this unique artist’s place in the history of art. The original designs by Erte grace the permanent collections of prestigious museums throughout the world including New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art, Museum of Modern Art, the Smithsonian Institution and London’s Victoria & Albert Museum.  Erte died at the age of 98 on April 21, 1990, but his legend and masterful creations continue to amaze and delight aficionados of the art and fashion world.

MEDIA CONTACT:   Cary Alden   504-834-7517      914-7517 (cell)