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Ivan Yakovlevich Bilibin

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  • Ivan Yakovlevich Bilibin
  • Costume Design for the Tsarevich in The Russian Tale
  • signed with initials in Cyrillic and dated 1923 l.r.
  • watercolour and gouache over pencil on paper


S.Golynets, Ivan Yakovlevich Bilibin. Stat'i, pis'ma, vospominaniya o khudozhnike, Leningrad: Khudozhnik RSFSR, 1970, p.241 illustrated b/w

Catalogue Note

Bilibin befriended the legendary Anna Pavlova when she visited Cairo in 1923 on the world tour of her troupe. Bilibin often hosted the ballerina and her manager and companion Victor Dandré in his studio on Antikhana Street, and rode them out into the desert to visit the ancient temples and pyramids. It was then that Pavlova commissioned Bilibin to produce the stage and costume designs for her new one-act ballet The Russian Tale, set to Nikolay Cherepnin's music and loosely based on Alexander Pushkin's Tale of Tsar Saltan. The ballet premiered at Covent Garden in London in the same year.