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George Barbier
L'Envie (Envy)
Hand-coloured, plate-signed pochoir from Falbalas & Fanfreluches. "Envy" is part of Barbier's series "The Seven Deadly Sins" from his 1925 Almanac. Who could help but "envy" the car, the clothing, the privileged lifestyle? Both male figures are but stolid minions to the pleasures of the well-dressed New Women; mere post-scripts in the feminist-centered universe. The feminine-pink lining of the opened car door repeats the coddled theme of awe-inspiring female elegance and indulgence, a cherished Barbier theme. +++++++ 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
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