Aesthetics Exploration – Art Deco

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Born out of the artistic style of 1920s and 30s, Art Deco is a sleek and streamlined (although certainly not minimalistic) aesthetic. Art Deco emphasizes both form and functionality, adding artistic touch to functional items and architecture. Blocks of color and high contrast images are often seen in the Art Deco movement. Art Deco combines classic and contemperary, as exemplified greatly in the featured image. Josep Maria Sert’s “American Progress Murals” in 30 Rockefeller Plaza celebrates contemporary American values and figures, such as Abraham Lincoln, in a uniquely classical style.


Chrysler Building, New York City, 2018
American Progress Murals, Josep Maria Sert, 1934

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