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George Barbier
L'Eventail de Plumes (The Feather Fan)
Original costume design created for the Folies Bergere Revue, Paris (1926) from the production "La Folie du Jour" (The Folly of the Day). From the collection of noted fashion designer Ruben Torres (Nina Ricci, White Stag, Warners, & his own label). Documentation/verification labels on backboard by Sotheby's (1987) and The McAllen International Museum, Texas, [see P.39 of their exhibition catalog "Erte and His Contemporaries - Costume Designs for the Early Twentieth Century Music Hall in Paris (1988)]". Highly typical of Barbier's rendering of the graceful coquettish feminine form, with that recognizable delicacy of the Barbier face and limbs, the feathers create the illusion of the figure floating into magical lift-off. And this was truly the "Magie" that defined the overwhelming phenomenon of the Folies Bergere of the day. Watercolor, India ink, ink-signed (upper right). Dimensions: H.9.25in X W.10.39in; H.23.5cm X W.26.4cm
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