George Barbier was one of the great French illustrators
of the early 20th century. Barbier was 29 years old when he mounted
his first exhibition in 1911 and was then swept to the forefront
of his profession with commissions to design theatre and ballet
costumes, to illustrate books, and to produce haute couture fashion
illustrations. For the next 20 years he led a group from the Ecole
des Beaux Arts, nicknamed by Vogue as "The Knights of the Bracelet"
- a tribute to their fashionable and flamboyant mannerisms and
style of dress. In the mid 1920s he worked with Erté to
design sets and costumes for the Folies Bergère and achieved mainstream
popularity through his regular appearances in L'Illustration''
magazine. Barbier died in 1932 at the very pinnacle of his success.
George Barbier - Poster Gallery
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Art Deco Pochoir (Hand coloured) original lithographs
from the 1920's
Pochoir, French for stencil, defines a technique of print making
popular in France in the early 1900s.
It is a labor intensive process of applying brilliant color by hand using
a series of cutout stencils.
Each plate is an original print using up to thirty stencils in one image.
All are hand colored.