Exposition Ballets Russes de Diaghilev. Organisée par Serge Lifar. Musée des Arts Décoratifs. Palais du Louvre. Pavillon de Marsan. Mars 1939. Mai 1939. Pablo Picasso, Sergei Diaghilev, Serge Lifar.
Exposition Ballets Russes de Diaghilev. Organisée par Serge Lifar. Musée des Arts Décoratifs. Palais du Louvre. Pavillon de Marsan. Mars 1939. Mai 1939.
With Lithographic Print after Picasso - Ballets Russes Exhibition Poster

Exposition Ballets Russes de Diaghilev. Organisée par Serge Lifar. Musée des Arts Décoratifs. Palais du Louvre. Pavillon de Marsan. Mars 1939. Mai 1939.

Paris: [Printed by:] Watelet-Arbelot, 1939. Original, vintage poster with a mounted lithographic print after Pablo Picasso. Text in French. Poster printed in black on yellow paper, lithograph printed in color. Poster size: ca. 1000 × 618 mm. Image size: 585 × 495 mm. Poster and lithograph with light traces of creasing. Lower corners of the poster dog-eared, lower right edge slightly chipped. Overall in fine condition.

Original, vintage poster of the 1939 Ballets Russes exhibition in Paris, with a mounted lithographic print after Picasso.

This poster of the great 1939 retrospective exhibition of Ballets Russes features a color reproduction of Picasso’s costume for the Chinese Conjuror from the Parade. The exhibition, organised by Serge Lifar, the former principal dancer of Ballets Russes and the ballet master of the Paris Opera at the time, was the first significant celebration of Sergei Diaghilev, the founder of Ballets Russes. Under the patronage of the Prince of Monaco and the Ministry of National Education, over five hundred items were presented at the exhibition.

Founded by Sergei Diaghilev (1872–1929) and active between 1909 and 1929, Ballets Russes is considered to be the most influential ballet company of the 20th century. It became famous for its ground-breaking collaborations between composers, choreographers, designers and dancers. The company collaborated with composers such as Igor Stravinsky, Claude Debussy, and Sergei Prokofiev, artists such as Pablo Picasso, Vasily Kandinsky and Henri Matisse, and costume designers Léon Bakst and Coco Chanel.

Parade is a ballet with music by Erik Satie (1866–1925) and a one-act scenario by Jean Cocteau (1889–1963), composed in 1916–1917 on Sergei Diaghilev's commission. It premiered on May 18, 1917, at the Théatre du Chatelet in Paris, with costumes and sets designed by Pablo Picasso (1881–1973).

Extremely scarce.

[Ref: Wild, Nicole: Les Arts du Spectacle en France. Paris: Bibliothèque nationale, 1976, 1370.]

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Price: €6,500.00

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