Art Deco of the 20s and 30s  

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Art Deco of the 20s and 30s was (1968) was a book on Art Deco by English historian Bevis Hillier published by Studio Vista.

This was the first major work on a hitherto neglected period of art, which had been previously been referred to by various names. His use of the term Art Deco became definitive.

Hillier discusses how the style of cubism, expressionism, Ancient Egyptian art, Mayan art, and so on influenced Art Deco, and how Art Deco itself changed the style of disciplines as various as modern architecture, jewelry, ceramics, tableware, metalwork, glass, textiles, and many others.


  1. What is Art Deco?
  2. How Art Deco Developed
  3. The Interregnum
  4. Influence of Cubism, Expressionism, Futurism, Vorticism.
  5. Influence of the Russian Ballet
  6. Influence of American Indian Art
  7. Influence of Ancient Egyptian Art
  8. The Twenties
  9. The Thirties
  10. The Arts of Art Deco
  11. The Revival


According to historian Thomas Mellins, it was the publication of this book in 1968 that popularised the term Art Deco. Otherwise, the genre may have been referred to as Art Moderne.

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