Paul Calle (American, 1928 - 2010) and Chris Calle (American, B. 1961) "1920s - Art Deco" Signed lower right. Original Mixed Media painting on Illustration Board.
Provenance: Collection of James A. Helzer (1946-2008), Founder of Unicover Corporation.
This painting was originally published on the Fleetwood First Day Cover for the U.S. Celebrate the Century Series 32 Art Deco Style stamp issued May 28, 1998.
The surge toward modernism in the 1920s was evident not only in personal dress and mannerisms -- featuring raccoon coats, long cigarette holders and hip-flasks -- but in architecture and interior design as well, which changed from traditional, richly-carved ornamentation to sleek, simple geometric patterns. The speed and efficiency of mass production influenced builders and furniture makers who strived to create modern as well as functional new designs. The challenge was to achieve harmony between technology, practicality and aesthetics, elements that appeared often in the 1920's Art Deco Style of architecture. A classic example is New York City's spectacular Chrysler Building. Designed by William Van Alen, construction of this skyscraper was begun in 1926 and completed in 1930. Geometric patterns predominate in the building's decorative facade and interior. One of the first skyscrapers to sheath large surfaces with stainless steel, the Chrysler Building features automobile icons in the frieze on the setback of the tower's base. The stately spire, decorated with a distinctive sunburst pattern, presents a striking contrast against the Manhattan skyline. The building's pierless corners and classic design typify 1920's modernism. Art Deco architecture continued well into the 1930s, as exemplified by New York's RCA Building and the Empire State Building.
Image Size: 17.75 x 13.25 in.
Overall Size: 23.25 x 16 in.
Unframed. (B16099 / B16100)
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