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The time is right for an Erté revival – a new hero for our gender-anxious times

18 November 2017

9:00 AM

18 November 2017

9:00 AM

Erté was destined for the imperial navy. Failing that, the army. His father and uncle had been navy men. There were painters and sculptors on his mother’s side, but they were thought very frivolous. Romain de Tirtoff (‘Erté’ came from the French pronunciation of his initials) was born in 1892 at the St Petersburg Naval School where his father Pyotr was inspector.

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