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In 1924 Alexandre Benois began collaborating with the regisseur Nicholas Sergeyev to design the sets and costumes for the romantic ballet Giselle at the Paris Opera. Incorporating the notations of ballet master Marius Petipa, Sergeyev's revived staging of Giselle set the standard for practically all subsequent productions.
The present lot is the decor for the first of the two acts, depicting a rustic village on the Rhine, with two thatched cottages nestled in the foreground from where much of the drama unfolds.
Dated 1948 by Benois, this drawing represents the last year the artist worked on the Paris production of the ballet, before taking his ideas to La Scala in Milan.