Art Deco swept the world in the 1920s and 30s. It was rebellious. It echoed, and was a part of, the new technical revolution. It also was partly decadent, and at times difficult to differentiate from Art Nouveau. There is no one definition of Art Deco.
Art Deco could be this:
(Scene from the 1939 film, "The Women")
Or it could be the work of the artist, Tamara De Lempicka. Lempicka has been deemed one of the most iconic Art Deco artists. Here are some photos of her:
Oh yes, smoking was very fashionable during the Art Deco period. So was drinking.
(Cartoon found at http://vintagepowderroom.com/?tag=flappers)
Lempicka didn't care if you liked her personally (and most didn't, including her daughter), but she cared about her work.
A few of Lempicka's paintings:
The above painting is autobiographical, and the Bugatti automobile was hers.
Her sister, Andrienne Gorska, designed Lempicka's 1930s Parisian apartment:
Next post, Florine Stettheimer
(Florine Stettheimer, "The Cathedrals of Broadway")
Wishing you only good things, Neen