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George Barbier
Hand-coloured, plate-signed pochoir from Falbalas & Fanfreluches: "YES!", from the Almanac of 1922. Jubilant, highly affirmative, which is how Barbier is remembered in his spirit to this very day. Barbier knew how to manage the nuances of colour to capture mood, and in the soft intimacy of dusk he recreates that precious moment of mutual desire and commitment. The pink-silky petals of her marvelous dress flowing in sympathy as she rushes to her heart's desire illustrate the spirited animation of the folio's "Ruffles and Frills" (i.e. "Falbalas et Fanfreluches") that redefined the new couture. +++++++ 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. +++++++ Ref. "Art Deco Costumes By George Barbier" (Introduction by Madeleine Ginsburg, Curator, V&A Museum, London) publ. 1988 Crescent Books, N.Y. +++++++ 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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