PROPERTY FROM THE ESTATE OF MARINA FRANCA SALZ
(i) signed A D de Segonzac, lower right, and inscribed Ida R dans Salome 1912
(ii) signed A D de Segonzac, lower right, and inscribed Ida Rubenstein Saint Sebastien de Gabriele, along the bottom
Ida Rubinstein was one of the unique talents in the world of ballet at the beginning of the 20th Century. She was born in St Petersburg in 1885 and her wealthy background enabled her to take ballet lessons with Michel Fokine, who encouraged her talents. Her abilities as a mime and a dramatist led to her most famous roles as Cléôpatre and as Zobéide in Schéhérazade. She made her debut in St. Petersburg in 1909 in a private performance of Salomé, choreographed for her by Fokine. Public performances were banished because of the scantiness of her costume. In 1911, after her enormously successful appearances with the Ballets Russes in Paris, she commissioned Debussy to compose music based on D’Annunzio’s play Le Martyr de Saint-Sebastien, in which she played the title role.
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