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Drawing - <i>L'Après-midi d'un faune</i>
  • L'Après-midi d'un faune
    Gross, Valentine, born 1887 - died 1968
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L'Après-midi d'un faune

  • Object:

    Drawing

  • Place of origin:

    Paris (drawn)

  • Date:

    ca. 1912 (drawn)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Gross, Valentine, born 1887 - died 1968 (artist)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Pencil and pink crayon on paper

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Jean Hugo

  • Museum number:

    S.182-1999

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Page of a sketch book depicting Nijinsky as Faune and Lydia Nelidova as the seventh Nymph in L'Après-midi d'un faune, and Nijinsky as the Rose and Tamara Karsavina as the Girls in <i>Le Spectre de la rose,</i> Diaghilev Ballets Russes. Sketch by Valentine Gross, ca. 1912.

Diaghilev Ballets Russes L'Après-midi d'un faune (Faune), was first premiered in Paris at Théâtre du Châtelet on 29 May 1912, according to Diaghilev and The Golden Age of The Ballets Russes 1909 - 1929, edited by Jane Pritchard, first published by V&A Publishing in 2010.

The sketches are part of the Valentine Gross Archive (THM/165), held by the V&A Department of Theatre and Performance. Valentine Gross Archive contains research material and artwork, including sketches, studies, drawings, pastels and illustrations. Only the artwork materials have been catalogued with museum numbers and given item level descriptions found in the Search the Collections webpage.

Valentine Gross, a.k.a. Valentine Hugo, was a French art student in Paris in the 1910s. She became a ballet enthusiast, illustrator, researcher and painter. Valentine Gross witnessed annual seasons of Diaghilev Ballets Russes in Paris and made preminary sketches during performances and rehearsals between 1909 and 1919. She later worked them up into pencil or coloured drawings of various degrees of finish including illustrations and paintings.

Some of the sketches feature in the book Nijinsky on Stage by Richard Buckle, published in London by Studio Vista in 1971. The sketch portraying the Faune features in the book on page 95. These studies are part of a series of studies in which "the artist has instinctively grasped and tried to convey the angular style of movement in profile which Nijinsky had devised to suggest a frieze coming to life" (Buckle, 92).

Physical description

Pencil sketch showing The Faun with two studies of the Seventh Nymph in the front and Nijinksky and Karsavina. Pencil and pink crayon on paper, front and back, detached from original sketch book.

Place of Origin

Paris (drawn)

Date

ca. 1912 (drawn)

Artist/maker

Gross, Valentine, born 1887 - died 1968 (artist)

Materials and Techniques

Pencil and pink crayon on paper

Descriptive line

Page of a sketch book depicting Nijinsky as Faune and Lydia Nelidova as the seventh Nymph in L'Après-midi d'un faune, and Nijinsky as the Rose and Tamara Karsavina as the Girls in Le Spectre de la rose, Diaghilev Ballets Russes. Sketch by Valentine Gross, ca. 1912

Materials

Pencil; Paper; Crayon

Techniques

Drawing (image-making)

Categories

Entertainment & Leisure; Drawings

Production Type

Unique

Collection

Theatre and Performance Collection

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