Diaghilev and the Ballets Russes, 1909-1929

When Art Danced with Music

  • Aleksandr Golovin, Russian, 1863–1930, Costume worn by Fyodor Chaliapin in title role in the Coronation scene from Boris Godunov, c. 1908, silk and metal thread, glass beads, imitation pearls, metal, painted silk lining, replacement fur, V&A, London © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

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  • Alexandre Benois, Russian, 1870–1960, Costume worn by Lydia Lopokova as a Sylph from Les Sylphides, c. 1916, silk and cotton net, with metal armature for the wings, V&A, London, Cyril Beaumont Bequest © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

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  • Alexandre Benois, Russian, 1870–1960, Design for the front cloth from Petrushka (Copenhagen revival), 1925, pen, ink, and tempera on paper, Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, Hartford, CT, The Ella Gallup Sumner and Mary Catlin Sumner Collection Fund

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  • Léon Bakst, Russian, 1866–1924, Costume for a Brigand from Daphnis and Chloe, 1912, wool, cotton, and paint, V&A, London © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

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  • Léon Bakst, Russian, 1866–1924, Costume design for Vaslav Nijinsky as the Faun from The Afternoon of a Faun, 1912, graphite, tempera, and gold paint on paper, Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, Hartford, CT, The Ella Gallup Sumner and Mary Catlin Sumner Collection Fund

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  • Amedeo Modigliani, Italian, 1884–1920, Léon Bakst, 1917, oil on canvas, National Gallery of Art, Washington, Chester Dale Collection

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  • Eugène Druet, French, 1868–1917, Vaslav Nijinsky in Siamese Dance from The Orientals, 1910, gelatin silver print, Lent by The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Gilman Collection, Gift of The Howard Gilman Foundation, 2005

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  • Jacques‑Émile Blanche, French, 1861–1942, Vaslav Nijinsky in Siamese Dance, c. 1910, oil on canvas, Collection of Ann and Gordon Getty, San Francisco

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  • Nicholas Roerich, Russian, 1874–1947, Costumes for two Maidens and an Elder from The Rite of Spring, 1913, wool, leather, metal belts and necklace, napped cotton, wood, and fur, V&A, London © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

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  • Mikhail Larionov, Russian, 1881–1964, Costume for the Buffoon's Wife from The Tale of the Buffoon, 1921, cane‑stiffened felt and cotton, V&A, London © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

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  • Sonia Delaunay, French, 1885–1979, Costume for title role from Cleopatra, 1918, silk, sequins, mirror, and beads, wool yarn, metallic thread braid, lamé, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Costume Council Fund © Pracusa 2012003; Digital Image © 2013 Museum Associates / LACMA / Licensed by Art Resource, NY

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  • Pablo Picasso, Spanish, 1881–1973, Costume for the Chinese Conjuror from Parade, c. 1917, silk satin fabric with silver tissue and black thread, cotton hat with woolen pigtail, V&A, London © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

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  • Henri Matisse, French, 1869–1954, Costume for a Mandarin from The Song of the Nightingale, 1920, satin, paint, and tinsel, V&A, London © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

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  • Giorgio de Chirico, Italian, 1888–1978, Set design (scene 2) for The Ball, 1929, graphite and tempera on paper, Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, Hartford, CT, The Ella Gallup Sumner and Mary Catlin Sumner Collection Fund

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  • Coco Chanel, French, 1883–1971, Costumes for La Perlouse and a Gigolo from The Blue Train, 1924, knitted wool and wool, V&A, London © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

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