Romain de Tirtoff ERTÉ (1892 - 1990)

Sports d’Hiver: A Cover Illustration for Harper’s Bazaar Magazine Sold

Pen and black ink and gouache, over traces of an underdrawing in pencil, within a painted border in silver, on board.
Signed Erté at the lower right centre.
Inscribed (by the artist?) No2.215 / “Sports d’Hiver.” / Couverture N 169 / for February 1933. / 2-XI-1932. on the reverse of the board.
Stamped with the artist’s studio stamp ERTÉ / ROMAIN DE TIRTOFF / 10 RUE DE MONTGERON / BRUNOY (S.-&-O.) on the reverse of the board.
Also stamped with a Harper’s Bazaar stamp on the reverse of the board.
338 x 250 mm. (13 1/4 x 9 7/8 in.) [image]
379 x 292 mm. (14 7/8 x 11 1/2 in.) [board]

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This striking gouache drawing is the cover design for the February 1933 issue of Harper’s Bazaar. The winter ‘fabrics and travel’ issue, this issue of the magazine included stories by Dorothy Parker, L. A. G. Strong, Ann Bridge and Robert Benchley, as well as illustrations by Erté’s contemporary and friend, Bernard Boutet de Monvel. The vibrant palette and dynamic movement of this gouache encapsulates the ever-present tension between precision and frivolity in Erté’s designs.

The present sheet is accompanied by a copy of the February 1933 issue of Harper’s Bazaar, for which it is the original design for the cover.
 

Provenance:
Mary Shoucair Kettaneh, New York. 
 

Literature:
Harper’s Bazaar, February 1933, reproduced on the cover.
 

Romain de Tirtoff ERTÉ

Sports d’Hiver: A Cover Illustration for Harper’s Bazaar Magazine

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