Greyhound Art - SYMPHONY IN BLACK by Erte has become the defining artwork of his career. One of the most famous artists of the modern era was Romain de Titroff, better known as Erte. Considered the father of Art Deco Design, his prolific career in theater, sculpture and art spanned most of the 20th century. His style of illustrating women and men and the mood of society was in an unusually elegant manner. It was that display of opulence that created such fascination.