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Art déco (short for French art décoratif, 'decorative art') is a style term applied to the design in many areas of design such as architecture, furniture, vehicles, clothing fashion, jewelry or utilitarian objects. Paintings and illustrations were also made in the Art Deco style. It emerged at the end of the 19th century and had its heyday from the 1920s until World War II, but has continued to find its way into artistic expression ever since.

Art deco lacks a clear underlying stylistic feature or a style-forming view, which is explained primarily by the - in contrast to Art Nouveau, for example - only in the 1960s defined combination to a style direction. Rather, it is a development in the midst of the general awakening of classical modernism, in which the creative combination of elegance of form, preciousness of materials, strength of color and sensuality of the theme was in the foreground. Much of this was already inherent in Art Nouveau - especially in French, where the most necessary was seen in the superfluous: "le superflu, chose très nécessaire".

The name refers to the formative decorative elements and design intentions of Art Deco. Characteristic of Art déco is the stylized and two-dimensional representation of floral and organic motifs. The lack of naturalness and shadow gives the modern and often poster-like impression that the art of this era makes. Industrial production and the light-hearted eclectic mix of stylistic elements from different origins are also important features.