George Barbier, my favourite art deco fashion illustrator. "Le Jeu des Graces" roughly translates as "the game of graces", but I think looking at the drawing it is possibly "the three graces playing"or possibly "the graceful game players"? For more George Barbier click here.
These are two illustrations from Art Deco master illustrator/ artist George Barbier's book Designs on the Dances of Vaslav Nijinsky.Nijinsky being the very famous ballet dancer of the time. The book contained illustrations of Nijinsky in ballets he was well know for. The top image is the cover of the book and the image below is an illustration for Nijinsky's ballet Carnaval.
Two cover illustrations from the luxury French periodical Femina by Georges Barbier. I'm always astounded when I come across yet more of his beautiful illustrations - he was without a shadow of a doubt prolific!
French Art Deco artist and illustrator André Édouard Marty (April 16, 1882-August 1974) was born the same year as that other fine Art Deco illustrator Georges Barbier. I like André Édouard Marty's delicate use of water colour and the way he puts acidy colours like yellow and maroon together (see above). His style is very unique but undeniably deco.
From what I can gather these "Falbalas and Fanfreluches" (translated as ruffles and frills) were pochoir portfolios published between 1922 and 1926 to showcase Georges Barbier's beautiful work. Apparently, only 600 editions were printed, so they are incredibly rare. Imagine finding one tucked away in the back of an antique bookstore! I think I'd faint!