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This beautiful illustration is from George Barbier’s Le Bonheur du Jour, ou Les Graces a la Mode. The work was published in Paris by Jules Meynial in 1924. The original pochoir lithograph was printed by H. Reidel. This particular work took Barbier four years to perfect and was the largest printed presentation of his work.
The work was described to “splendidly portray and encapsulate the ‘roaring’ character of those years with a charming dose of candor and dissoluteness, indolence and joie de vivre, down-to-earth naturalness and studied madness.” (p.25, “Art Deco Prints” by Giuliano Ercoli, Publ. by Rizzoli International Publications Inc., New York, 1989)
George Barbier (1882-1932) was one of the greatest French artists of the early 20th century. He first exhibited in 1911 at the age of 29 where he gained many commissions to design costumes and illustrate works, fashion in particular. Barbier led a group nicknamed by Vogue “The Knights of the Bracelet” formed from artists from the Ecole des Beaux Arts and including Monvel, Brissaud, Iribe, Lepape, and Martin. Beyond his illustrations, Barbier created jewelry, glass and wallpaper design.