Pavel Tchelitchew (1898-1957)
Pavel Tchelitchew (1898-1957)

Portrait of Nicholas Magallanes (1922-1977)

Details
Pavel Tchelitchew (1898-1957)
Portrait of Nicholas Magallanes (1922-1977)
signed and dated 'P. Tchelitchew/37' (lower left)
oil on canvas
14 x 12¼ in. (36 x 31.2 cm.)
Provenance
Roy Miles Gallery, London (label attached to the stretcher).
Literature
P. Tyler, The Divine Comedy of Pavel Tchelitchew, London, 1969, illustrated.
Exhibited
London, Fine Art Society, Spring Exhibition, 7 May-7 June 1991, as Portrait of a young man, no. 51.
Sale room notice
Please note the following additional exhibition history and literature reference:

Exhibited:

London, Fine Art Society, Spring Exhibition, 7 May-7 June 1991, as Portrait of a young man, no. 51.

Literature:

P. Tyler, The Divine Comedy of Pavel Tchelitchew, London, 1969, illustrated.

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Lot Essay

Pavel Tchelitchew is credited with discovering Nicholas Magellanes who subsequently became a great artistic force of the New York City Ballet from the moment of the company's inception in 1948 until the dancer's last performance in 1976. Tchelitchew introduced him to George Balanchine, the director of the School of American Ballet with whom he had become acquainted from his collaboration with the Ballets Russes and to Lincoln Kirstein, an art impressario and co-founder of the NYCB. Balanchine cast Magallenes in numerous roles, including Orpheus (1948), La Valse (1951), and Episodes (1959).
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