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Design for the costume of a girl 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 C

Physical description

A drawing of a girl wearing a green band with pink flowers and orange ribbons, white shirt with orange and yellow linear pattern, an orange skirt with yellow and green geometrical pattern, a yellow apron decorated with a pattern of orange foliage, white petticoat, orange belt and red shoes. Her neck is decorated with green and red bead necklaces.
Includes a separate design for apron and embroidery on the right-hand side.

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 dark red watercolour.

Narrow apron. Ribbon always the same colour as the colour of squares on (?). Beads of the middle necklace always the same colour as the ribbons. Apron. White with orange and red according to the drawings. Yellow squares are green and blue. Flowers are of a cornflower colour. Embroidery in green. Design for the hem of the robe. The same one can be applied on the sleeves and on the front of the blouse. Green. yellow. Apron is light red with pink and orange pattern. Belt is darker. Flowers are dark orange. Apron orange with white and green pattern. (?) is green with steel blue . Flowers are light blue and bright red. Bottom of the skirt is always the same as the belt. The belt is of a darker blue.
Inscribed in Russian.


Height: 47 cm, Length: 21 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 a girl 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, pp. 30-31, cat. 104.



Subjects depicted

Blouse; Ribbons; Wreath; Costume; Skirt


Theatre costume; Dance; Designs; Theatre

Production Type



Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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