This highly accessible overview of Art Deco, embraces nearly every artistic medium— offering paintings and photography to furnishings and film—through fifty superb examples of Art Deco style that reveal the period’s richness and range. This new addition to Prestel’s successful "50s" series focuseson Art Deco, an artistic movement that originated in Franceafter World War I and spread throughout Europe and America.Presented chronologically in full-page illustrations accompaniedby explanatory texts, these fifty iconic examples demonstratethe variety of ways Art Deco was expressed. Included here area soup tureen designed by Jean Puiforcat; Edward Steichen’sportrait of Fred Astaire; a brass-framed mirror by AustrianFranz Hagenauer; a still from the Busby Berkeley film, Footlight;and The Portrait of a Young Girl in a Green Dress by the Polishpainter Tamara de Lempicka. Other examples include jewelry,architecture, posters, and items used in everyday life. Openingwith an authoritative overview of the Art Deco movement andincluding biographies of each of the artists, this is a compactand affordable reference work and a beautifully designed bookfor every art lover’s library.