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Design for a woman's costume 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 woman in orange head-dress with red and green ribbons wearing a white blouse embroidered with red geometrical pattern, brown waistcoat with wavy white pattern around the edges, red skirt with green and red geometrical pattern, embroidered petticoat, apron with rows of red and white triangles, orange belt scarf and black boots. Orange and red beads.

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 black watercolour.

N 22. 5. 4. Wide apron. Blouse. Edge of (?). Green. Head scarf. Embroidery in dark red. Bottom corners of apron and border of the skirt in dark green. Woman's jacket dark green light green as ribbons. Shawl. 2 green squares change for dark blue. Blouse embroider with orange. Bottom corners. Instead of red orange. Boots have to be chosen according to the tone of every costume.
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 a woman's costume 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. 98.



Subjects depicted

Blouse; Costume; Shawl; Ribbons; Skirt


Theatre costume; Dance; Designs; Theatre

Production Type



Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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