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George Barbier
Hand-coloured, plate-signed pochoir from Falbalas & Fanfreluches,1925. Barbier artfully projects a melodramatic domestic dialogue into a true Greek Tragedy with a classical brooding and monumental setting. Furthering the tension is the contrast in the grey-suited, perplexed suitor with the exquisitely outfitted woman in a to-die-for fashion fabric design of the day. Once again, Barbier shows his imagination in creating mood-settings in a spirit of gentle, affectionate satire. +++++++ This famous illustrated Almanac series was produced from 1922 to 1926 only and depicted high-society life of the well-to-do Parisian. 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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