The Art Deco movement emerged from the ashes of the First World War, and from the remnants of a world which had been torn apart, came to embody the dreams of industry and prosperity. In the whirl of Jazz Age and the euphoria of the 'Roaring Twenties', the streamlined silhouette of the flapper was reflected in the architectural aesthetic of Art Deco: the rounded curve was conquered by the androgynous straight line.
Architecture, painting, furniture, and sculpture proclaimed the preference for sharp lines and broken angles. Although ephemeral, this movement keeps on influencing contemporary design.
Victoria Charles received her PhD in art history. She has published extensively on art history and has contributed to Art Information, an international guide to contemporary art. A well-published journalist, Charles also contributed to a collective work, 1000 Paintings of Genius.
Klaus H. Carl is a writer, photographer and professor. He is the author of numerous books and articles.
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