After I posted Tuesday’s blog, I went to the Metropolitan Museum of Art and stumbled upon another FABULOUS Art Deco exhibit. The exhibition, simply titled “Masterpieces of French Art Deco”, is located in the Modern Art galleries on the 1st Floor, and it is pretty extensive. The highlight is definitely the incredible set of reverse-painted and gilded glass panels designed by Jean Dupas for the first-class salon of the ocean liner Normandie. This is a must see! At the moment there is no end date to this exhibition but I would go ASAP as they may close it at any time.
I thoroughly agree that Jean Dupas' painted and gilded glass panels for the first-class salon of the Normandie were important. Not just for their own loveliness but because, without the ocean liners, Deco may have remained a purely French phenomenon.
Of course there were other influences that spread the taste, but modern transport seemed to have been the key achievement and source of Deco taste.