PROPERTY FROM A PRIVATE COLLECTION, SWITZERLAND
Capehart Collection, United States (acquired directly from the artist)
Sale: Doyle New York, May 22, 2001, lot 121
Private Collection, New York
Acquired directly from the above by the present owner
Eastern themes were common in Soudeikine's oeuvre beginning around 1910, when he executed designs for several performances with eastern subjects, specifically the operetta "Maids at Play" at the Malyi Drama Theater in 1911 and "The Tragedy of Salomé" for Diaghilev's "Russian Seasons" in Paris in 1913. These sketches demonstrate Soudeikine's gift for sophisticated decoration, flawless coloration and creating a festive spectacle on stage. In particular, his mounted works with Eastern subjects typify a sense of fantasy and playfulness that would become recurring themes throughout the artist's career.
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