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    Sale 7424

    20th Century British Art

    16 November 2007, London, King Street

  • Lot 65

    Edward Burra (1905-1976)

    Set design for Don Juan

    Price Realised  


    Edward Burra (1905-1976)
    Set design for Don Juan
    stamped with signature 'E.J. Burra' (lower right)
    pencil, watercolour and bodycolour
    26 x 39½ in. (66 x 100.3 cm.)
    Executed in 1948.

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    Edward Burra was commissioned to design the stage set for the ballet Don Juan in 1948. The ballet was performed at the Royal Opera House in Covent Garden on 25 November 1948, to music composed by Richard Strauss. The music was based on the legend of Don Juan, written by the Austrian poet Nicholas Lenau (1802-1850).

    The ballet was choreographed by Frederick Ashton. He directed his cast to portray the story as a psychological drama in which Don Juan genuinely loves the women he seduces, not as a cruel and lustful womaniser. Edward Burra's set for Don Juan uses fantastical settings and colours, and classical architecture.

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    with Lefevre Gallery, London.