'I consider myself particularly fortunate that at a time when the soul thirsts for life-giving impressions in art I should have found our St Petersburg ballet at its zenith', writes Benois in the epilogue to his Reminiscences of the Russian Ballet. But as Benois grew up, he saw a rapid decline in the Russian ballet so painful to watch that he drove him to revive it abroad: 'What we brought to Paris was not the decadent Imperial Ballet, but something entirely separate, our own ballet, a ballet that corresponded with our ideals, that resuscitated the joys of our youth'.
The offered lot comprises of theatrical designs for Petrushka, La Belle au bois dormant, Manon Lescaut, La Fille du Capitaine, Lac de cygnes, la Favorite amongst others, which are superb examples of the enchantment and vitality that Benois and Diaghilev hoped to revive. It also includes two drawings signed by Hélène Clément, the artist's daughter.
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