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Friday, February 17, 2012

Cartier & George Barbier

Image  Librairie Chretien, Paris.
George Barbier (1882-1932) was one on the greatest French illustrators of the early 20th century.
Barbier was born in Nantes. He attended the studio Jean-Paul Laurens at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts
in Paris from 1908-1910. Swept up by the heady influences of the roaring twenties he settled in the Latin quarter.  He had his first exhibition at the Galerie Boutet de Monvel in 1911. With Barbier's superb draftsmanship and unsurpassed handling of a brush, he created some of the most lingering images of his time. His designs were classical, mythical, oriental, Grecian, Venetian carnival masquerades.   Many were evocative of Persian miniatures or  the frivolous debauchery of the 18th  
century, all of them are overtly elegant and sensual. He was a frequent contributor to the Gazette du Bon-Ton and an influencer of other designers of the period. He met Louis Cartier who introduced his work his  to Charles Jacqueau, Cartier's head designer.

2 of the original designs by George Barbier for Cartier, 1911.

George Barbier produced a folio designs for Cartier,
132 of which were offered  for sale by Christie's 1n 2009.
 Art work commissioned by Louis Cartier in, 1914
  George Barbier design, 1924.
 Cartier powder compact 1927, yellow and rose gold, diamonds set in platinum, red and black enamel.   The cover is set with a mother of pearl, gold, malachite, lapis lazuli marquetry by Vladimir Makowsky.

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