Imagen del reconocido fotógrafo Héctor García en la que figura el entonces Museo Nacional de Historia Natural, mejor conocido como Museo del Chopo, visto desde la calle de Héroes Ferrocarrileros, en los años cincuenta. El antiguo “Palacio de Cristal” estuvo abandonado por varios años, hasta que fue rescatado y restaurado en 1973 para servir de sede al Museo Universitario del Chopo, inaugurado en 1975. Todo un referente de la colonia Santa María la Ribera.
Georges Barbier (1882 - 1932): master French illustrator of the early 1900s. Not much is known about the actual man himself but he was a prolific artist who began his career illustrating for fashion magazines. The interesting thing was that he actually drew his girls in his own designs not those of the couturiers of the day. So he became a fashion designer through his illustrations first. Later he was asked to design theatre and ballet costumes.
Barbier lead a group of artists from the Ecole des Beaux-Arts (School of Fine Art). Vogue nicknamed this group “The Knights of the Bracelet” because of their fashionable dress sense. He also designed jewellery, wallpaper and glass ware.Both Barbier and Erte even designed costumes for Hollywood movies in the 1920s.
He was influenced by Indian miniatures, antique vases and that other master illustrator: Aubrey Beardsley. His exquisite art deco pochoirs perfectly capture the roaring twenties and the jazz era. [x]
Love this set of examples of his work! He was also very much influenced by Japanese art, and in particular Ukiyoe prints and Shunga (erotic) woodcuts - he left his very substantial collection of these to the Bibliothèque Nationale de France. In an article for Arts et métiers graphiques, he identified Japanese prints as the origins of his pochoir technique, and in particular the work of Kitao Sekkosai.
It is frustratingly difficult to find personal information on Barbier (I haven’t been able to even find out the cause for his comparatively early death, although he was ill for a couple of years before he died). The Barbara Morterelli edited book George Barbier: The Birth of Art Deco does contain some information on his early years and studies in Nantes - including some fascinating early works.