“Erté was a frequent visitor to Nelson Gay and painted the mural in the bedroom in which he always slept. Born in St Petersburg in 1892, he made his name in Paris initially as a fashion illustrator for Harper’s Bazaar for which he produced 250 covers over 22 years. The name Erté was actually a pseudonym, a French pronunciation of his initials: R.T. He became one of the foremost fashion and stage designers of the twentieth century. Erté is perhaps best remembered for the gloriously extravagant costumes and stage sets he designed for the Folies-Bergère in Paris and George White's Scandals in New York. On his death in 1990, Erté was hailed as the "prince of the music hall" and "a mirror of fashion for 75 years"
. See: www.erte.com