Posts Tagged ‘William Barribal’

Young Lady in a Blue Bonnett, oil painting on canvas

Young Lady in a Blue Bonnett, oil painting on canvas

Here is another artist working from St Paul’s Studios (I do not know which one yet). Apprenticed to a lithographic draughtsman he studied in the evenings, later for a year at the Acadamie Julien in Paris (his allowance was one Pound a week).  He worked also briefly in Belfast.

Barribal created such memorable images as posters for the Schweppes advertising campaign and the Waddingtons playing cards series, which are avidly collected today. He is also well-known for the bold Art Deco posters designed in 1920s and 1930s for the London North Eastern Railway.

Barribal also worked for various magazines, including the fashion champion Vogue, and between 1919 and 1938 regularly exhibited his work.

Interestingly, after he married his wife became his only model and inspiration, appearing on picture postcards, almanacs, calendars and pages of leading weeklies.

I'm thinking of you Postcard

I'm thinking of you Postcard

His images of exquisite and fashionable Edwardian women have become classics and the work of many a modern fashion artist shows traces of the unmistakable “Barribal style”.

I assume that both painting and postcard show the mysterious Ms Barribal, another form resident.


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