A collection of Diaghilev ballet material, consisting of decor, costume designs, portraits and posters, was displayed at the London auction gallery of Sotheby & Co.
A collection of Diaghilev ballet material, consisting of decor, costume designs, portraits and posters, was displayed at the London auction gallery of Sotheby & Co. today (Monday), prior to their being sold by auction later this week. The 273 items of ballet material originates from a number of private collections.
The material to be auctioned relates to some of the numerous ballets presented by Sergei Diaghilev, a Russian ballet, art and music impresario. Diaghilev, who lived from 1872 to 1929, introduced modern ballet to the western world in 1909 and from then until his death, exerted significant influence on dancing, art and music.
During his lifetime, Diaghilev collaborated with composers such as Stravinsky and Prokofiev, choreographers such as Nijinsky and Balanchine and a number of artists, including Matisse and Picasso.
Among the material to auctioned is a portrait of Nijinsky by Leon Bakst depicting him in his costume from "Les Orientales", which was produced in Paris in 1910. Another Bakst work is a design for Madame Cecchetti's costume as Sylvestra in "Les Femmes de Bonne Humeur". Also on sale is a poster by Jean Cocteau for Diaghilev Ballet.
A portrait by George Barbier depicting Nijinsky in "L'Oiseau d'Or" is also included in the auction, as is a painting by Joan Miro in the decor of "Jeux d'Enfants".
A costume design for a Bacchante in "Narcisse" by Bakst is also to be auctioned.
The Sotheby's auction is to be held on Wednesday (9 July) and Thursday (10 July).
A group of paintings collected by the late producer Max Reinhardt, and found by his widow, Helene Thimig, will also be auctioned at Sotheby's this week.