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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:

    body-colours over pencil

  • 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 flower wreath with green, pink and red ribbons, white shirt with red and yellow geometrical pattern, red skirt with pink, orange and yellow geometrical a floral patterns, embroidered petticoat, red sash, white stockings, red shoes and red beads around the neck.
Includes a separate design for a green apron with a floral and wavy pattern in purple and red.

Place of Origin

France (probably, designed)


ca. 1940 (designed)


Natalia Goncharova, born 1881 - died 1962 (artist)

Materials and Techniques

body-colours over pencil

Marks and inscriptions

N. Gontcharova
Signed in black body-colour.

Blue squares with the same flowers as on the original and also with a red outline. A yellow apron. Flowers as on the original but their colour to be changed from lilac to green. Without a pink border. All flowers are bright red and a short light green waistcoat. Without the pink line and in green. Yellow blouse. Apron as according to the original. Embroidery is in orange and red the background colour of the apron is white instead of green and a green belt.
Inscribed in Russian all over.


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 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, cat. 103.



Subjects depicted

Ribbons; Costume; Skirt; Blouse; Wreath


Theatre costume; Dance; Designs; Theatre

Production Type



Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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