When looking at the different trends and styles that have been popular throughout the last century or so, there is one that sticks out and demands attention. This is the Art Deco style, one that was originally popular int he 1920s and 30s, but they has seen a resurgence in popularity over the years. Part of the appeal is the whimsical lines that dominate this art style, rather than merely outlining subjects.
The style first became popular in Europe in the 1920’s, slowly making its way across the globe via advertisements and architects who studied in places where it was popular. By the early 1930s, it was popular all over the world, with some of the best examples coming out of China and other port cities in Asia. This widespread popularity helped make it an iconic style that has continued to enjoy some popularity until today.
While other art forms emphasize being simplistic and the elimination of extra lines, art deco encourages as many lines as are necessary to be used. The lines are usually used to add dimension, to change the way that a shape looks, or to make a commentary on the piece of art itself. This means that they style works just as well on buildings and sculptures as it does within paintings and others two dimensional renderings.
The added lines usually serve to make an object look less realistic than it would without them, but also bring a somewhat humanistic quality to the objects as well. For this reason, three dimensional pieces that are made in the art deco style are often used as reflection pieces to show the building blocks of society and abstract ideas while still producing stunning pieces of art. This has also helped it enjoy a mainstream following, especially from people who often find more abstract art hard to enjoy.
This is also the art period where materials such as chrome began to come into common use. This means that the style when it comes to buildings was much more flashy than the styles before. Many times the buildings would incorporate the flashier materials into their core designs, using them to make a message about the ever changing world of art. Critics of the movement at the time would insinuate that this made the art less valid, as it was reliant upon new techniques.
Today, this art form has enjoyed a somewhat steady following, with a number of modern artists choosing to take on the style as their own. It is often used to make contrasting statements within the same piece and is popular within many sculpture and painting communities as well. Artists often cite that the style is hard to master, but that once they have become comfortable with the extra additions to their work, they feel it is much less limited than more traditional forms of art.
Original Art Deco pieces sell well well in antiques markets, with the masters of the time still being covered almost 90 years after their debut.