Marcel VERTÈS (French, born Hungarian, Újpest 1895 - 1961 Paris)
Emmanuel Marcel VERTÈS, born in Újpest on August 10, 1895 and died in Paris on October 31, 1961, is a French painter, engraver, illustrator, and costume designer and decorator of Hungarian origin.
After studying from FERENCZY at the Beaux-Arts in Budapest, Marcel VERTÈS created political posters during the First World War. Going into exile at the end of the war, he entered the Académie Julian in Paris. He became known in France from the mid-1920s, in particular for his lithographs and illustrations.
He also worked in the 1930s for fashion magazines such as Vogue, Harper's Bazaar, as well as the Gazette du Bon Ton. Engraver, watercolorist and costume designer, this artist has also collaborated on numerous occasions with Elsa SCHIAPARELLI, including advertising campaigns for perfumes, fabric creation and even a portrait of the designer. Mobilized at the start of the World War II, he was demobilized the following year and left for Biarritz. While passing through Spain, he soon joined New York with his wife and moved to 57th Street, perpetuating his collaborations and illustrations with the fashion world.
In the early 1950s, Marcel VERTÈS enjoyed a prominent reputation in artistic circles, justified by a talent often described as exceptional. His drawings are characterized by a great economy of lines and colors, and he also produces black and white illustrations.
It was at this time that he took part in John HUSTON's film "Moulin Rouge" as a costume designer and production designer. He will receive two Oscars for this film. He moved to Paris again at the end of the 1950s and died there in 1961.