-New edition of Erte's work based upon recent (2016) Hermitage exhibition celebrating his life and work -Newly commissioned text by Hermitage curator Mikhail Dedinkin and Chairman of Estorick Collection, Michael Estorick, as well as contributions by Barbra Streisand and art critics Morgan Falconer and the late Brian Sewell Romain de Tirtoff (1892-1990), who changed his name to Erte ('R' and 'T' in French) when he left his native St Petersburg for Paris in 1912, became one of the most sought-after artists of the twentieth century. His illustrations for Harper's Bazaar and Vogue remain classics of the genre, proving that mass art can be genuine art. His work as stage, costume and fashion designer in Europe and America combined an eye for fashion and elegance with a sense of theatricality. In the early days Erte worked closely with the couturier Paul Poiret; he then took his remarkable talent to the stage, producing numerous designs for the revues and shows that were so popular at the time, as we well as to film with his work for MGM. Mata Hari, Lillian Gish, Anna Pavlova and George Balanchine were just some of those whose costumes were designed by Erte. Even when his fame dipped, Erte remained true to his life's work, continuing to create his wonderfully refined and delicate drawings, including the popular Alphabet series.
Mikhail Dedinkin is Deputy Head of the Department of Western-European Art and Curator of Nineteenth- and Twentieth-Century Drawings at the Hermitage Museum in St Petersburg. Michael Estorick is a novelist and Chairman of the Estorick Collection of Modern Italian Art in London. His parents, Eric and Salome Estorick, were Erte's great friends and agents. Morgan Falconer is a New York-based journalist and critic. Brian Sewell (1931-2015) was a renowned art critic, who wrote regularly for The Evening Standard. Barbra Streisand is an actress, singer, director, writer, producer, designer, author and activist.