(Romain de Tirtoff) Erte (1892 – 1990, Russia) “V” From the Alphabet Suite (created between 1927-1967) Art Deco Lithograph with serigraphy in color on wove paper. Hand-signed in pencil by the artist, numbered 250/350. Published in 1977 by Circle Fine Art. Image measures 15.75 x 10.75 inches. Museum quality matting, frame and plexi measuring 34 x 28 inches. The original letters in Erte’s Alphabet Suite were created in gouache on paper consisting of exotic female human bodies in styled, sexy, costumes and embellishments, contorting themselves as if performing a dance, into the shapes of the letters. The idea was conceived in 1924, created between 1927 and 1967, and the suite was published in graphics in 1976-1977. The masterpiece “Erte’s Alphabet” paintings are on permanent display at the Centre Pompidou Museum in Paris.