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Design - The Magic Pool
  • The Magic Pool
    Larionov, Mikhail Fyodorovich, born 1881 - died 1964
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The Magic Pool

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    Paris (made)

  • Date:

    1916 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Larionov, Mikhail Fyodorovich, born 1881 - died 1964 (artist)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Bodycolour on paper

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Dr W. A. Propert

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, room WS, case R, shelf 60, box L

Physical description

Design for theatre back cloth in pastel shades, bodycolour on paper.

Place of Origin

Paris (made)


1916 (made)


Larionov, Mikhail Fyodorovich, born 1881 - died 1964 (artist)

Materials and Techniques

Bodycolour on paper

Marks and inscriptions

Signed and dated M Larionov 1916. Inscribed in ink on the back 'Drawing by Michel Larionov for the Scene III of the Ballet Contes Russes (Children's Tales)'


Height: 55.9 cm from catalogue, Width: 76.2 cm from catalogue

Object history note

Design for the back-cloth of Scene II, the Magic Pool, in the ballet Les Contes Russes, with music by Liadov, first produced at the Teatro Costanzi, Rome, in April 1917.

Descriptive line

Mikhail Fyodorovich Larionov. Design for the back-cloth of the ballet Les Contes Russes. Bodycolour on paper. Ca. 1917.

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

John Milner A Slap in the Face! Futurists in Russia London: Estorick Collection of Modern Italian Art, 2007. ISBN: 978 0 85667 639 0.
Jane Pritchard, ed. Diaghilev and the golden age of the Ballet Russes, 1909-1929 London: V&A Publishing, 2010. ISBN: 9781851776139.
Victoria and Albert Museum, Department of Engraving, Illustration and Design and Department of Paintings, Accessions 1926, London: Board of Education, 1927.


Bodycolour; Paper (fiber product)


Painting (image-making)

Subjects depicted

Theatre design


Designs; Theatre; Dance; Paintings

Production Type



Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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