Sunday, September 7, 2008

Sunday Art Review: Art Deco Style

Last night we went to dinner for an early celebration of my birthday at one of my favorite places in Palm Springs, Melvyn's at the Ingleside Inn. I love Melvyn's, not only for the fantastic food and service, but also for the ambiance. As a registered historic landmark in the desert, it is a slice of the past, as if time stood still. The walls still echo the ghosts of celebrities from the Golden Age of Hollywood such as Greta Garbo, Joan Crawford, Frank Sinatra, Liberace, Lana Turner, Lucille Ball and many more. As I sipped my cocktail in the lounge, I glanced at the black and white photos of movie stars on the walls and paintings of icons such as Marilyn Monroe, James Dean, Frank Sinatra and Elvis Presley, all of whom had set also foot in this legendary establishment. I wondered what cocktails Greta Garbo sipped in this very building. Greta Garbo was an interesting woman, with a career that started in the 1920's, an era in which the Art Deco style was in vogue. It was a period of tremendous creativity, which became the inspiration for today's Sunday Art Review: Art Deco Style.
above: "The Great Event"

above: "Solitude"

above; "Mr Big"

above: "Gentile and Refined"

above: "Justice"

above: "The Fighter"
I hope you enjoyed this week's Sunday Art Review, with a focus on the Art Deco Style. Which were your favorites?

-Rick Rockhill

16 comments:

rhodester said...

Happy Birthday, Rick! Did you pose for "Mr. Big"?

Palm Springs Savant said...

Thanks Dave- no, i wasn't the subject in the "Mr Big" painting but that does make me want to run out and buy a top hat!

Empress Bee (of the High Sea) said...

sounds like a perfectly lovely birthday rick!

smiles, bee
xoxoxoxoxoxoxoxo

jackie said...

I've always liked the art deco stuff, it is so idyllic.

A Lewis said...

Happy 21st! What a way to spend it. I wouldn't say you look a day more than 20.

jackie said...

ps- I liked "the great event" and "solitude" best

kenju said...

I like them all! Art deco (and art nouveau) is one of my faves!

OldOldLady Of The Hills said...

I am reminded of all the wonderful Deco Buildings with Sculpture and Freezes(?) built during the WPA Era...the Paintings, too....I LOVE "Deco"....
Thanks for sharing all of these Rick.

lime said...

i've always liked the deco style. i love the mood in solitude and the colors in mr. big. this collection in general was really fun. thanks for sharing it.

Olivia said...

Oh anything Art Deco floats my boat. Interesting to see so many Tamara de Lempickas. But my fave is Mr Big because it is so imaginative and colorful. Indeed, I'm with Rhodester: that should be you in the top hat and tails.

Dana said...

Happy birthday! You don't look a day over however old you say you are!

Lois Grebowski said...

What a fun art deco collection...The Great event so typifies the motifs commonly used in deco architecture...

Have I ever told you that you remind me of one of my oldest and dearest friends, Dorothy Claire? (It's a nickname). Some day I need to get you two to meet. I think y'all would get along well.

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Matt said...

I'm a huge fan of art deco, especially in architecture - thanks for these pictures!

And have a very wonderful birthday, my friend - welcome to my decade. :)

Mark Leggett said...

Thanks for letting us in on Melvyn's, Rick. My companion and I are in the process of moving to Palm Springs. Maybe we'll see you at St. Paul's in the Desert... And cheers on your birthday!

Lou said...

Love Art Deco. Went to a huge Art Deco show in Montreal years & years ago.

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