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Stylish Erotica

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George Barbier (1882-1932) was a renowned French illustrator and fashion designer for theatre and ballet productions. Many of his illustrations have an element of same-sex desire between women, sometimes subtle, other times explicit. Examples of the later include his illustrations for the books Les Liaisons Dangereuses and Les Chansons de Bilitis, a collection of erotic lesbian poetry by Pierre Louys. Barbier's romantic figures are sometimes sexually ambiguous, for example and one can envision a woman dressed as a man in Le Feu (below).

 

Barbier's work seems to me to be aimed not at men, the usual audience for lesbian erotica, but instead at women primarily, as it is infused with fashion, style, elegance and sensuality. There is also a not so subtle dismissal of men as worthy romantic partners in some of his work including "Visez Au Couer Belles Dames (Aim for the Heart Beautiful Ladies) and Les Marionnettes.

 

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Sheherazade

 

 

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From Les Liaisons Dangereuses

 

 

 

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Les Marionnettes

 

 

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From Les Liaisons Dangereuses

 

 

 

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From Les Liaisons Dangereuses

 

 

 

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From Les Chansons de Bilitis

 

 

References:

 

George Barbier

https://en.wikipedia.../George_Barbier

 

The Songs of Bilitis

https://en.wikipedia...ongs_of_Bilitis

 

George Barbier collection at House of Retro - see this blog for more beautiful illustrations (unfortunately I can only display 10 images per post here)

http://houseofretro.com/index.php/2014/08/12/georges-barbier-reflections-of-art-deco/


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These are beautiful pictures and who knows the painter a man may well be gender fluid experiencing him or herself as a woman.

 

Women dressed like men were sometimes called inverts.

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