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People: Georges Lepape - Cassandre - Erté - George Barbier

Timetable "'Nord-Express' - Calais - Bruxelles - Pullman - Express," 1927. By A.M. Cassandre.
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Adolphe Mouron Cassandre (1901-1968)

Adolphe Mouron Cassandre (January 24, 1901 – June 19, 1968) was an influential Ukrainian-French painter, commercial poster artist, and typeface designer. --http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Adolphe_Mouron_Cassandre [Mar 2006]

Georges Lepape (1887-1971)

Georges Lepape, Les choses de Paul Poiret, Paris: Maquet, 1911

Georges Lepape (1887-1971) is considered one of the great Art Deco illustrators alongside Barbier and Erté. After illustrating Les choses de Paul Poiret his career took off. His work permeated the arts in theater, fashion, film, and literature. Beginning around 1916, Lepape illustrated covers for Vogue, where his whimsical yet elegant style of fashion illustration dominated until the 1930s. --http://www3.fitnyc.edu/museum/artful_line/nouveau4.htm [Dec 2004]

George Barbier (1865 - 1945)

Illustration by Georges Barbier (1882 - 1932)
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Illustration by Georges Barbier (1882 - 1932)
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Illustration by Georges Barbier (1882 - 1932)
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George Barbier (1865 - July 19, 1945) was one of the great French illustrators of the early 20th century. --http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/George_Barbier [Feb 2005]

There is very little information to be had on George Barbier as a person. Writers repeatedly mention his beautiful drawings and designs, but pass over the man himself with breathtaking consistency. (Perhaps when contrasted with his more exotic contemporaries, he seemed rather dull). Whatever the reason for this omission, this leaves us with only a poor understanding of his personality, and a great many drawings. This, perhaps, is the better half of the bargain, since Barbier's work speaks for itself better than anyone could speak for Barbier. Barbier's career did not "take off" until he was thirty, but his drawings were so exceptionally good that his career could never said to have stopped going, even after his death. Barbier's drawings are still so popular that they continue to thrive in reprint form, and also on such varied objects as dishes, notebooks, stationary, and perfume bottles. --http://www.costumes.org/history/100pages/BARBIER.HTM [May 2005]

Erté (1892 - 1990)

Romain de Tirtoff (pseudonym Erté, a French pronunciation of initials R.T.) (November 23, 1892 - 1990) was a French artist and designer. Tirtoff was born as Roman Petrovich Tyrtov (????? ???????? ??????) in St. Petersburg, Russian Empire in a very distingushed family with roots traced back to 1548. His father Pyotr Ivanovich Tyrtov was a Fleet Admiral. In 1910-1912 Romain gradually moved to Paris to pursue a career of a designer. This decision was made over strong objections of his father, who wanted Romain to continue a familty tradition and to become a marine officer. Romain assumed the pseudonym to avoid disgracing the family. In 1915 he got his first significant contract with Harper's Bazaar magazine. --http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Romain_de_Tirtoff [Feb 2005]

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