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George Barbier
Le Jour et La Nuit
Hand-coloured, plate-signed pochoir from Falbalas & Fanfreluches: "Day and Night" from Barbier's 1922 Almanac. An outstandingly charming and elegant depiction of a near-Cinderella-like transformation of the hours, during the days in which the sophisticated (and monied!) woman would actually change her couture assemblage 2-3 times a day. The allegorical drama is enhanced by the advent of a glowing "sunrise" Chinese-red background as Night flees to let in the New Day. The glories of the net-laden evening-dress is shrouded in mystery as Barbier lets our imagination roam into further fantasy with this evocative scene. +++++++ 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/gouache. +++++++ Further Ref.: "Art Deco Costumes By George Barbier" (Introduction by Madeleine Ginsburg, Curator, V&A Museum, London) +++++++ 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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