2 December 2015 Russian Art Auctions

2 Dec 2015

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Set Design for the G. Mahler Ballet "Dark Elegies"

§ 89. BENOIS, NADIA (1896-1975)

Set Design for the G. Mahler Ballet "Dark Elegies", indistinctly signed and titled.

Gouache on paper, 47 by 63.5 cm.
1,200-1,800 GBP


The present lot is a design for the backcloth for the ballet Dark Elegies, set to the song cycle Kindertotenlieder by Gustav Mahler and first presented by Ballet Rambert at the Duchess Theatre in London on 19 February 1937, with set and costume designs by Nadia Benois.

Provenance: Private collection, UK.

Related literature: For another version of the present lot, see C. Beaumont, Ballet Design. Past and Present, London, The Studio, 1946, p. 130, illustrated.


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