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George Barbier
Incantation
Pochoir
Hand-coloured, plate-signed pochoir from Falbalas & Fanfreluches and George Barbier's 1924 Almanac. The male bystander and piano, both in sober black, serve to dramatically frame the stunning recital apparel in a palette of reds that feature the dropped waistlines and provocative necklines so refreshingly innovative to the Art Deco period. Barbier captures the suspended action, grace and intensity of the moment; he never fails to manage a little narrative as he creates the feel of sophistication, privilege and luxury. +++++++ This famous series of illustrated almanacs was produced from 1922 to 1926 only and depicted high-society life in the fashion, social and artistic capital of the early inter-war years in Paris. 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 in 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
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