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The Art of Ballets Russes

The Art of Ballets Russes Subtitle The Serge Lifar Collection of Theater Designs Costumes and Paintings at the Wadsworth Atheneum Hartford Connecticut This is a collection of works paintings and drawings of which th

  • Title: The Art of Ballets Russes
  • Author: Alexander Schouvaloff
  • ISBN: 9780918333117
  • Page: 157
  • Format: Paperback
  • Subtitle The Serge Lifar Collection of Theater Designs, Costumes, and Paintings at the Wadsworth Atheneum, Hartford, Connecticut This is a collection of 188 works, paintings, and drawings, of which the great majority were specifically made as set or costume designs for the theater Most of these were for Serge Diaghilev s Ballets Russes thirty seven productions are repreSubtitle The Serge Lifar Collection of Theater Designs, Costumes, and Paintings at the Wadsworth Atheneum, Hartford, Connecticut This is a collection of 188 works, paintings, and drawings, of which the great majority were specifically made as set or costume designs for the theater Most of these were for Serge Diaghilev s Ballets Russes thirty seven productions are represented from the first, Le Pavillon d Armide in 1909, to the last, Le Fils Prodigue in 1929 Other design in the collection are for ballets produced by Serge Lifar at the Paris Opera after Diaghilev s death, and several other productions with which Lifar was not concerned The collection also contains portraits and some other works unrelated to the the theatre In 1933 Chick Austin, then Director of the Wadsworth Atheneum, described the collection when he acquired it as an unique pictorial record of the greatest artistic movement of the first three decades of the twentieth century It represents the work of many artists who created the ever novel visual aspects of the ballet from its earlier years when first, in 1909, fresh from Russia, it fell like some great flaming comet at the feet of the enchanted audiences in the Theatre du Chatelet in Paris, to the last period, when internationalised, the ballet chose for its decorators the, at the time, often unknown younger painters of the school of Paris The Wadsworth Atheneum is indeed fortunate to possess this unique collection He had every reason to blow his own trumpet It was an acquisition of extraordinary foresight and brilliance although, at the time, it seemed somewhat rash to most of the trustees In 1933 the names of Picasso, Matisse, Rouault, Braque and the others did not resound as they do now The purchase price of 10,000 was considered then to be extravagant now, the collection is not only priceless, but could not even be formed.

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