• Short Summary

    A COLLECTION OF BALLET MATERIAL ASSOCIATED WITH THE CELEBRATED RUSSIAN IMPRESSARIO SERGEI DIAGHILEV WAS PUT UP FOR SALE TODAY (WEDNESDAY) AT THE LONDON AUCTION GALLERY OF SOTHEBY AND CO.

  • Description

    A COLLECTION OF BALLET MATERIAL ASSOCIATED WITH THE CELEBRATED RUSSIAN IMPRESSARIO SERGEI DIAGHILEV WAS PUT UP FOR SALE TODAY (WEDNESDAY) AT THE LONDON AUCTION GALLERY OF SOTHEBY AND CO. THE SALE OF THE 273 ITEMS FROM SEVERAL PRIVATE COLLECTIONS CONTINUES TOMORROW.

    THE COLLECTION OF DECOR AND COSTUME DESIGNS, PORTRAITS AND POSTERS INCLUDES WORKS BY A NUMBER OF WELL-KNOWN ARTISTS WHO WORKED WITH DIAGHILEV, INCLUDING PABLO PICASSO, JOAN MIRO AND JEAN COCTEAU.

    THE VARIOUS ITEMS RECALL THE MAJOR IMPACT MADE IN THE WESTERN WORLD BY DIAGHILEV AND HIS RUSSIAN BALLET BETWEEN 1909 AND 1929, AND HIS ASSOCIATION WITH CHOREOGRAPHERS SUCH AS NIJINSKY AND BALANCHINE, AND COMPOSERS SUCH AS STRAVINSKY AND PROKOFIEV.

    THE SALE OPENED WITH A COLLECTION OF DECOR AND COSTUME DESIGNS BY LEON BAKST. HIS DESIGN FOR MADAME CECHETTI'S COSTUME AS SYLVESTRA IN "LES FEMMES DE BONNE HUMEUR", WAS SOLD FOR 1,700 STERLING (4,080 DOLLARS). THIS BALLET, B MASSINE, TO MUSIC OF SCARLATTI, WAS FIRST GIVEN BY THE RUSSIAN BALLET IN ROME IN 1917.

    BAKST'S PENCIL AND WATERCOLOUR PORTRAIT OF NIJINSKY IN HIS COSTUME FOR THE DIVERTISSMENT "LES ORIENTALES" REALISED 11,400 STERLING (27,360 DOLLARS). "LES ORIENTALES" WAS PRODUCED IN PARIS IN 1910, BUT BAKST PAINTED THE PORTRA IN 1917 FOR A FRIEND WHO WAS ONE OF THE LAST RUSSIAN DIPLOMATS IN THE HAGUE BEFORE THE REVOLUTION, IN THANKS FOR HIS SPONSORSHIP OF AN EXHIBITION OF RUSSIAN ART IN THE DUTCH CAPITAL.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA3ZQNACVA6N7S8CYX13EXARKJI
    Media URN:
    VLVA3ZQNACVA6N7S8CYX13EXARKJI
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    09/07/1969
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:34:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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