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Design for the costume of Parasha in the ballet La Foire de Sorotchinsky

  • Object:

    Design for a ballet costume

  • Place of origin:

    France (probably, designed)

  • Date:

    ca. 1940 (designed)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Natalia Goncharova, born 1881 - died 1962 (artist)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    watercolours and body-colours

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level D, case DT, shelf 20, box D

Physical description

A drawing of a young girl (holding a mirror) with long black braids tied with red ribbons dressed in a costume including a head-dress with yellow, green and red ribbons, an embroidered blouse, a blue skirt with geometrical pattern in orange and green, an embroidered petticoat, red belt, red boots and green and blue beads around the neck. A separate design of yellow apron decorated with flower pattern.

Place of Origin

France (probably, designed)


ca. 1940 (designed)


Natalia Goncharova, born 1881 - died 1962 (artist)

Materials and Techniques

watercolours and body-colours

Marks and inscriptions

N. Gontcharova
Signed in red watercolour.

N Ib Parasia
Inscribed in Russian.


Height: 47 cm, Length: 20.5 cm

Object history note

This costume design was created for an adaptation for ballet of Mussorgsky's opera based on the story by Gogol. The earliest version with décor and costumes by Goncharova was staged at the Théâtre des Champ-Élysées in 1926. This drawing is for a later production given by the Ballets Russes de Paris at the Salle Pleyel, Paris in August 1940.
Purchased from the artist in 1961.

Descriptive line

Design for the costume of Parasha in the ballet La Foire de Sorotchinsky by Natalia Goncharova; ca. 1940.

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

Salmina-Haskell, L., Catalogue of Russian Drawings, London: V & A, 1972, p. 29, cat. 95.



Subjects depicted

Ribbons; Costume; Blouse; Wreath; Boots; Skirt


Theatre costume; Dance; Designs; Theatre

Production Type



Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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