After four years of suffering during WW1 between 1915 and 1919, people realised how short life could be and a new motto emerged ‘Live and forget the past’. Traditions, values and fashions of the pre-war society and Victorian era were rejected and transformed. The period that followed became known as the Art Deco period (1920-1935), taking its name from the Exposition des Arts Deco-ratifs held in Paris in 1925. During this period, freedom of expression was encouraged and the years were characterised by decadence and excess. Art Deco style drew inspiration from the Far East, the Middle East and South American civilizations. It was influenced heavily by ideas from Futurism and Cubism, as well as Aztec and Russian Art. One piece in particular during the Art Deco period brought sweeping…
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