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Alexandre Benois (1870-1960)
Alexandre Benois (1870-1960)
Alexandre Benois (1870-1960)
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Alexandre Benois (1870-1960)

Five costume designs for 'Le lac des cygnes'

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Alexandre Benois (1870-1960)
Five costume designs for 'Le lac des cygnes'
each signed, three dated '1945', one dated '46', all inscribed with costume notes and production details overall
pencil, watercolour and ink, four heightened with gold and two heightened with silver, on paper
11 7/8 x 8 1/8 in. (28.3 x 20.5 cm.)
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Provenance
Sol (1888-1974) and Emma Hurok (1891-1974).
By descent to the present owner.
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The impresario Sol Hurok managed the careers of icons including Anna Pavlova (1881-1931), Mstislav Rostropovich (1927-2001), Feodor Chaliapin (1873-1938), Michel Fokine (1880-1942) and Isadora Duncan (1877-1927). One of his greatest achievements was to bring the Bolshoi Ballet to the United States in 1959 for an eight-week tour. It seems likely that Benois’s designs for Le lac des cygnes were commissioned by Hurok for an unrealized production that was planned for Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo with choreography by George Balanchine (1904-1983).

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