A Beautiful High-Fashion Watercolor by Barbier
BARBIER, Georges. "Pink and Grey". , 1914.
Original ink and watercolor drawing in shades of pink, grey, green, black, on a light blue background with a royal blue boarder and heightened with white. Signed and dated in black at lower left (“G. Barbier 1914”) and titled on outer lower right border ("Pink and Grey"). Image size: 13 1/8 x 9 3/4 inches; 335 x 246 mm. Sheet size: 15 x 11 3/4 inches; 380 x 298 mm. On J. Whatman watermarked wove paper. Tipped in to matte. Beautiful with lovely colors, about fine.

Image shows an elegant woman, standing in front of a statue on a pedestal. She is wearing a fur coat and an hat with three tall black feathers. Her left hand is extended and there is a small green bird perched on her finger.

Georges Barbier is considered one of the very finest illustrators in the Art Deco genre, although much of his work is done in a Greek classic style influenced by his love of antiquities. Barbier began his career as a costume and set designer for the Ballets Russes. His books, particularly those done in collaboration with François-Louis Schmied are masterpieces in Art Deco book illustration.

HBS # 68345 $4,500