#FridayPainting: Georges Barbier “Jeanne Paquin, Gown”

Jeanne Paquin, Gown, 1912 by Georges Barbier sent me back to the flamboyant time of the roaring 20’s, when economic prosperity brought artistic and cultural dynamism to the world. From Berlin to Chicago, London to Los Angeles, New York City to Paris, jazz blossomed, Art Deco was in the ascendency and the flapper redefined fashion for the modern woman. In France, the 1920’s was known as the crazy years or “années folles.”

Georges Barbier, born in 1882 Nantes, France, was to become one of the 20th century’s greatest fashion illustrators. The world was ready for his creative influence.

At the centre of an artistic evolution, Georges Barbier’s first exhibition at the age of 29, in Paris at Salon des humoristes in 1911 launched his career. His commissions included illustrations for prose and poetry books, theatre and ballet designs, wallpapers, glass and jewelry. His film costumes included designs for the silent film heartthrob Rudolph Valentino.

Jeanne Paquin, Gown George Barbier

Even now, Georges Barbier, is known as an innovator of the union between art and fashion. He was the leader of a group of artists from the Ecole des Beaux Arts, nicknamed by Vogue as the group “The Knights of the Bracelet.” Bold, elegant, and perfectly in tune with the fashion he brought to life, Georges Barbier lived with zest and enthusiasm.

Published by Rebecca Budd

Blogger, Visual Storyteller, Podcaster, Traveler and Life-long Learner

9 thoughts on “#FridayPainting: Georges Barbier “Jeanne Paquin, Gown”

  1. Ein interessanter und schöner Bericht über die Zeit der Beaux Arts. Mein Interesse über die damalige Mode war zu gering, als dass ich mich dazu äussern möchte. Der Stil der Mode war jedoch einmalig und prägend. Auch ich erinnere mich an Jazz und Blues, den ich ab den Fünfziger Jahren kennen und schätzen gelernt habe.

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    1. Das Jazzzeitalter ist ikonisch und symbolisiert die Freiheit des Ausdrucks in Musik, Kunst und Philosophie. Es macht Spaß, in die Geschichte zurückzublicken und sich vorzustellen, wie es war. Aber wie in jeder Zeit gibt es Schwierigkeiten und Probleme, die gelöst werden müssen. Thank you for your visit and comment. Very much appreciated!!!


  2. This is a very interesting coverage of a popular time in history, and as you have very interestingly wrote of the jazz age and shown good examples of that current art form of the time. I remember jazz in the late 1930s and beyond, it was still very popular then and in years to come. And, we still hear and we still enjoy listening to it! The photo from the calendar shows very clearly the clothing styles of the time and we have to confess that we really have a positive feel for the simple lines of the style. Thank you for including a little history of the flapper designer, very artistic for sure!

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    1. I agree, Frances. There is a marvelous elegance to the styles of the era. I also like the styles of the 1940’s and 1950’s as well because of the attention to detail. Fashion changed dramatically from 1920’s – 1960’s. Georges Barbier died in 1932 at the very pinnacle of his success, but it would be only a few years when photography took over the fashion pages. A confirmation that technology ushers in new way of sharing ideas and stories.


  3. Love this! It’s so “Jazz Age”, so Fitzgerald’s so stylized.
    I adore this era’s intellectuality.
    Thank you! What a fab calendar.

    Rebecca, I’m posting on Art Gowns Tomorrow. You have so many blogs. Which one would you prefer I link to?
    By default, I’ve been linking to Lady Budd.

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