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August 5, 2023

George Barbier: One of the Greatest French Illustrators of the Early 20th Century

Born 1882 Born in Nantes, French illustrator George Barbier was 29 years old when he mounted his first exhibition in 1911 and was subsequently 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.

Illustrations by George Barbier in the 1910s

For the next 20 years, Barbier led a group from the Ecole des Beaux Arts who were nicknamed by Vogue “The Knights of the Bracelet”—a tribute to their fashionable and flamboyant mannerisms and style of dress. Included in this élite circle were Bernard Boutet de Monvel and Pierre Brissaud (both of whom were Barbier’s first cousins), Paul Iribe, Georges Lepape, and Charles Martin.

During his career, Barbier also turned his hand to jewellery, glass and wallpaper design, as well as writing essays and many articles for the prestigious Gazette du Bon Ton. In the mid-1920s he worked with Erté to design sets and costumes for the Folies Bergère, and in 1929 he wrote the introduction for Erté’s acclaimed exhibition and achieved mainstream popularity through his regular appearances in L’Illustration magazine.

Barbier died in 1932 at the very pinnacle of his success. Here below is a set of amazing photos that shows illustrations by George Barbier in the 1910s.

Costume design for Shehérézade, 1910

Ida Rubinstein and Vaslav Nijinsky in Scheherazade, 1910

Vaslav Nijinsky (1890-1950) in Schéhérazade, Paris, circa 1910

Unknown title, 1912

Asian woman in white, 1913

Au jardin des hespérides, 1913

La Folie du Jour, 1913

Costumes Parisiens, Costume de Yacht, 1914

Evening Attire, 1914

Grande robe du soir en brocart, 1914

Harper's Bazar, November 1914

L'Étourdissant Petit Poisson..., Robe d'été, Gazette du Bon Ton, May 1914

L'Îlot, Gazette du Bon-Ton, 1914

L'Oiseau volage, J'avais un perroquet bleu dont j'étais folle, 1914

La Belle Matineuse, 1914

La danse, 1914

Salomé, Tamara Karsavina, 1914

La Guerre... à coups d'Aiguille, La Vie Parisienne, May 1, 1915

La leçon bien apprise, La Guirlande, November 1919

Le Perroquet Jaloux, 1919


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