Emile Aubry (1880-1964) was an Algerian-born French Art Deco painter. He won the Prix de Rome in 1907 and the Salon prize in 1920. I like his work because it exemplifies how an artist could break free of Academic norms and express the human figure in not simply a portraitive, but a decorative manner. Take, for example, his painting The Voice of Pan. The subject matter is completely within the classical norms of the Academic painting, but its crowded use of space and stacked two-dimensional figures is entirely Art Deco.
In Hylas, the companion of Hercules is kidnapped by the nymph Dryope. Oil on canvas, 1926.