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Alexander Nikolaevich Benois
1870-1960
SKETCHBOOK OF SET DESIGNS
variously signed, dated and inscribed; further bears inventory number 2692 on the cover
watercolour, ink and pencil on paper
sheet sizes: 28 by 19.5cm, 11 by 7 3/4 in.
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Family of the artist
Thence by descent to the present owner, great-grandson of the artist

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Alexandre Benois is one of the cardinal figures of 20th century Russian Art and a name synonymous with the Ballet Russes. In the present sketchbook, the artist reuses an old compatibility book from the 18thcentury (1744) that he adorns with watercolours and preparatory drawings. Most of the sketches are devoted to the ballets for which he worked relentlessly from 1945 to 1956.  

'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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