Georges Barbier died in 1932 at the age of 50. He was at the pinnacle of his career.
Barbier was born and grew up in Nantes in a prosperous and bourgeois family. His life in Paris was in marked contrast. Many of his friends and associates were from the Parisien homosexual society and he appears to have been disowned by his family. On his death, he was buried in Nantes, very discretely, and his family quickly forgot him. His library was auctioned off and his collections of European and Asian erotica was donated to the Bibliotheque Nationale where it was stored in a section of works that might offend public decency.
Barbier and his work was quickly forgotten by the public and French society and it wasn't until 2007 that an exhibition of his work was shown in public "George Barbier - The Birth of Art Deco" at the Fortuny Museum in Venice.
|Les Fetes Galantes - 1928|
|Incantation. A flapper in coral and pink and a couple at the piano.|
|Canvas Wall Art|
|The Taste of Shawls. One of many of Barbier's works depicting lesbians|
|One of Barbier's Vingt cinq costumes for the Paris theatre|
|La Belle Personne 1924|