Barbier, Georges

Barbier, Georges (1882-1932). French illustrator and master of Art Deco. Born in Nantes, he learned the trade in the workshop of Lésage.

Barbier, Georges (1882-1932). French illustrator and master of Art Deco. Born in Nantes, he learned the trade in the workshop of Lésage. At the age of 26 he arrived in Paris and enrolled, after the start of classes, at the Academie des Beaux Arts, part of a group of friends that included Iribe, Boutet de Movel, Brissaud, and Lepape.

Together with them, he worked intensely for La Gazette du Bon Ton, the Journal des Dames and des Modes, Fémina, and Comoedia Illustrée. From 1911 to 1925 he worked with the atelier Worth.

His albums of sketches for the Nijinski ballets are very famous. Barbier also created sets and costumes for the theater and the cinema, including Don Juan by Edmond Rostand, Monsieur Beaucaire, a film with Rudolf Valentino, and, together with Erté, for the Folies-Bergère.

The illustrator died on March 16, 1932 in Paris.

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Lopez, Antonio

Antonio, stage name of Antonio Lopez (1943-1986), a designer and illustrator. He was one of the great names of the 20th century.

Antonio, stage name of Antonio Lopez (1943-1986), a designer and illustrator. He was one of the great names of the 20th century. In fact, one needs only remember that at the time his work first appeared in the New York Times, Women’s Wear Daily, and Vogue, drawing and illustration seemed to be finished as a way of documenting the world of fashion, totally supplanted by photography. Antonio made them live again. It was the 1970s.

Antonio Lopez is a native of Puerto Rico and the son of a dressmaker and a manufacturer of mannequins. He moved to New York in 1961 to study at the High School of Industrial Design and then at the Fashion Institute of Technology. Decisive for his career was a meeting with the designer Charles James. He began during the era of Pop Art, and this would influence his style, his method of composition, and the feminine type that is a recurring element in his work. Yet he never put his style above the attention to detail and the concern for legibility. Indeed this made his illustrations strong, innovative and absolutely his own.

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One illustration by Antonio Lopez.

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Alterio, Ruben

Alteiro Ruben (1949). Alterio Ruben is famous for a particular oil painting technique on paper. He graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts in Buenos Aires.

Alteiro Ruben (1949). He was born in 1949 in Buenos Aires. Alterio Ruben is famous for a particular oil painting technique on paper. He graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts in Buenos Aires, he earns his living in Brazil and Spain, before emigrating to Paris where he “breaks” in advertising and fashion, working for creative agencies and for weeklies and monthlies.

Alterio followed in the footsteps of his father, also an artist. As a young man, before moving to France he played the clarinet, but Buenos Aires was close to him.

In Argentina, you must be at least 50 before they’ll let you do anything, says Alterio. If you want to play the clarinet, they say, “Who is your professor? You can’t just play the clarinet. 

In 1973 he opened his studio in Paris and since then he has done nothing but devote himself to art.

What is now Alterio’s studio once housed a workshop that produced etchings for Picasso, Matisse and Miró. The grandmother of Alterio’s wife was the sister of one of the laboratory workers.

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Alterio Ruben’s studio in Paris.

Alterio has created fashion illustrations for the luxury book publisher Prosper Assouline and for the magazine La Mode en Peinture. He also designed sets and costumes for the Don Quichotte ballet at the Opéra de Marseille.

The artist’s works have appeared in exhibitions at Art Chicago, at the Center Pompidou in Paris, at the Berlin City Museum and at MALBA, the Latin American Art Museum in Buenos Aires.

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