He was born Romain de Tirtoff in Russia in 1892. His professional name? Erte. His initials? R.T. And the 95-year-old artist's work is as exotic as his background.
Four Erte sculptures will be recreated by live models in the 1988 production of Utah Pageant of the Arts, which opens June 13 at American Fork High School and runs through July 23,"Le Soleil" ("The Sun") is but one example of how the artist's philosophy of clothing influences his work. The costume reflects an Egyptian motif, and the striking headdress has 934 beads.
Other Erte sculptures to be recreated in the living pictures reproduction are "Moonlight," "The Globe" and "Julietta." They are among 40 works of art that appear in the all-new production.
Life-size reproductions - which will be presented in separate scenes onstage - include Hummel figurines; the new Lladro porcelain "Circus Train"; bronze sculptures by Mia Krantz; Chinese mirror painting; the "Blue Boy" and "Pinkie" couplet; and colorful labels that graced orange crates. Hoffman's "Christ in Gethsemane" and Michelangelo's "La Pieta" will close the show.
Tickets are on sale at the Pageant Box Office, 54 E. Main, or phone 756-3505 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays. Prices are $8 for side seating and $11 for center. A backstage demonstration will begin at 7 p.m., and curtain time for the stage production is 8. Both youth and professional art exhibits are included in the ticket price.