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Posted 6 years ago

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there are so many great graphics in this ballet souvenir. i just changed out the photos to show a few more. unfortunately, there is one which has been cut up, so i am thinking of breaking up the whole set and framing some of them. they are back-to-back on the same pages, so i'll have to figure out a way to flip them away when i feel like it. there are also a lot of amazing photos like the second one above.

Serge de Diaghileff's Ballet Russe Souvenir - an original 1916 souvenir of this ballet. the wonderful illustrations are by Bakst. i've never heard of him, but i think i've seen copies of the third pic before. It's in excellent condition except for one illustration which has been cut up. it doesn't appear to be one of the really beautiful Bakst illustrations. I'd love to find out more about this. i got another ballet brochure for the 1926 production of Mecca in New York, but it isn't the same quality as this one is.

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  1. vetraio50 vetraio50, 6 years ago
    Hi! Fabulous stuff!
    The original costumes are all here at the National Gallery of Australia in Canberra!
    Love them all, though my favourite is the fourth one!
  2. ho2cultcha ho2cultcha, 6 years ago
    i didn't know you lived in australia. i graduated from geelong grammar many yrs ago. i also lived in north brisbane for a year.
  3. vetraio50 vetraio50, 6 years ago
    Spent a week at Timbertop with a friend who taught Languages there! Great school!
  4. ho2cultcha ho2cultcha, 6 years ago
    i was at timbertop for a semester too. loved it!
  5. ho2cultcha ho2cultcha, 6 years ago
    these were saved from the trash last night near my place. i also got some very interesting photo negatives from the 20s - 40s 0f the bridge under construction and some soft porn - gay and straight - but some very unusual stuff. i need to find out how / where i can get these printed.
  6. Hunter Hunter, 6 years ago
    amazing finds - these illustrations are gorgeous. Can't wait to see more of your rescued trash treasures!
  7. miKKoChristmas11 miKKoChristmas11, 6 years ago
    Missed these!
  8. inky inky, 6 years ago
  9. ho2cultcha ho2cultcha, 6 years ago
    and there's more!
  10. inky inky, 6 years ago
    Are we going to see!!!!!??? ....;-)
  11. ho2cultcha ho2cultcha, 6 years ago
  12. ho2cultcha ho2cultcha, 6 years ago
    this is the russian ballet brochure i'm going to take apart and frame individual images for. someone cut out an image in the back of it already [strangely, not one of the great bakst images, but a different one], so i don't feel bad about breaking it up. do any folks who collect paper have any thoughts about this?
  13. ho2cultcha ho2cultcha, 6 years ago
    here are the Bakst costume designs and graphics. his talent was unparalleled, imho.
  14. vetraio50 vetraio50, 6 years ago
    I can only encourage everyone to visit the National Gallery of Australia site to have a look at the costumes from les Ballets Russes and to learn more about Leon Bakst!

    Some of the original costumes seen in the illustrations above can be seen here:

  15. ho2cultcha ho2cultcha, 6 years ago
    thanks vetraio50 - really amazing costumes!

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