Designer George Barbier French

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Barbier is best known for his fashion illustrations in Gazette du bon ton, Journal des dames, and other French publications of the Art Deco period. Less well known are his decorative arts such as this fan, the design of which was published in the Journal des dames in 1912 and credited to the Parisian couturière Mme Paquin “after G. Barbier.” Although this example is signed by Barbier and dated 1914, it probably was made as a work-for-hire commission. Its decoration suggests as much the modern stage sets and costumes of the Ballets Russes as anything from classical antiquity, its putative subject.

Fan, George Barbier (French, Nantes 1882–1932 Paris), Painted ivory, metal, silk, gilding

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