Sep 28, 2021
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LOT 18:

GEORGE BARBIER (1882 - 1932) Bilitis. The Last Lover. The Songs of Bilitis

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GEORGE BARBIER (1882 - 1932) Bilitis. The Last Lover. The Songs of Bilitis
watercolour and Chinese ink on paper
11.5 x 12 cm
Executed in 1914

George Barbier was one of the great French illustrators of the early 20th century. Barbier was 29 years old when he mounted his first exhibition in 1911 and was subsequently swept to the forefront of his profession with commissions to design theatre and ballet costumes, to illustrate books, and to produce haute couture fashion illustrations. He also illustrated albums of ballet dancers and made wood engravings. Barbier was one of many artists who illustrated limited «editions de luxe» intended as collectors items. A mania for these books swept France in the teens and twenties. In 1913, he made an album of drawings of Nijinsky, the principal dancer of the Ballets Russes, in his various roles.

During his career Barbier also turned his hand to jewellery, glass and wallpaper design, wrote essays and many articles for the prestigious Gazette du Bon Ton.
In the mid-1920s he worked with Erté to design sets and costumes for the Folies Bergère and in 1929 he wrote the introduction for Erté’s acclaimed exhibition and achieved mainstream popularity through his regular appearances in L’Illustration magazine. Both Barbier and Erte were asked to design for American movies. Barbier sent his designs from Paris, where he was based. One of the fi lms which used his costume designs was «Monsieur Beaucaire» starring Rudolph Valentino, in 1924. Barbier’s designs were not so exotic as Erte’s but certainly as lavish.

"Child, do not go on without having loved me. I still am fair, beneath the cloak of night; you shall see how much warmer my autumn is than any other’s spring. . . .
Do not seek the love of virgins. Love is a difficult art in which young girls are not highly versed. I have spent my life in learning it, to give it to my last lover.
You, I know, will be my last lover. Here is my mouth, for which a nation has grown ashen with desire. Here is my hair that the great Psappha sang in measured verse.
I shall gather together for you all that is left of my lost youth. I’ll even burn my memories themselves. I’ll give you Lykas’ flute . . . Mnasidika’s girdle."