George Barbier
Le Jugement de Paris
Hand-coloured, plate-signed pochoir from Falbalas & Fanfreluches. "The Judgment of Paris" is from Barbier's Almanac of 1924. With reference/deference to the Greek myth of the borrowed name, we have the partially concealed silhouetted male, quite anonymous, evaluating the merits of the 3 Modern Women while holding the coveted Prize Apple of adoration. His opinion barely matters of course, as each "new" woman is superbly and breathtakingly attired, with a confidence that can only originate from within. +++++++ This famous illustrated almanac series was produced from 1922 to 1926 only and depicted high-society life in Paris - the fashion, social and artistic capital of the early inter-war years. Each issue contained a small diary and notation section, an introduction by one of the leading social/cultural doyens of the day, a decorative cover and twelve fashion plates (one for each month of the year). hand-coloured via stencil and watercolour/gouache. +++++++ Further Ref.: "Art Deco Costumes By George Barbier" (Introduction by Madeleine Ginsburg, Curator, V&A Museum, London). +++++++ Approx.image size: h. 6.25in X w. 4.125in; h. 15.9cm X w. 10.5cm; Overall h. 9.75in X w. 6.375in; h. 24.8cm X w. 16.2cm