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Schéhérazade

Drawing
ca. 1910 (made)
Artist/Maker
Place of origin

Page of sketch book showing a sketch by Valentine Gross of Vaslav Nijinsky as the Golden Slave in Mikhail Fokine's ballet Schéhérazade, Diaghilev Ballets Russes. Paris, ca. 1910.

The sketch is part of the Valentine Gross Archive (THM/165), held by the V&A which contains research material and artwork, including sketches, studies, drawings, pastels and illustrations.

Valentine Gross, a.k.a. Valentine Hugo, was a French art student in Paris in the 1910s. She became a ballet enthusiast, illustrator, researcher and painter. Valentine Gross witnessed annual seasons of Diaghilev Ballets Russes in Paris and made preliminary sketches during performances and rehearsals between 1909 and 1919. She later worked them up into pencil or coloured drawings of various degrees of finish including illustrations and paintings.

Some of the sketches feature in the book Nijinsky on Stage by Richard Buckle, published in London by Studio Vista in 1971.

Object details

Categories
Object type
TitleSchéhérazade (generic title)
Materials and techniques
Pencil on paper
Brief description
Page of sketch book showing a sketch by Valentine Gross of Vaslav Nijinsky as the Golden Slave in Mikhail Fokine's ballet Schéhérazade, Diaghilev Ballets Russes. Paris, ca. 1910
Physical description
Page of a sketch book showing a full-length sketch of Nijinsky in an ecstatic pose, his head held back on his shoulders his right arm outstretched. He wears his full god lame trousers an jewelled bodice. To the left side of the sketch Gross has drawn two alternative versions of his hand.
Credit line
Given by Jean Hugo
Object history
Donated by Jean Hugo to the 'Museum of Theatre Arts'/Friends of the Museum of Performance and given by them to the V&A
Literary referenceSchereherazade
Summary
Page of sketch book showing a sketch by Valentine Gross of Vaslav Nijinsky as the Golden Slave in Mikhail Fokine's ballet Schéhérazade, Diaghilev Ballets Russes. Paris, ca. 1910.

The sketch is part of the Valentine Gross Archive (THM/165), held by the V&A which contains research material and artwork, including sketches, studies, drawings, pastels and illustrations.

Valentine Gross, a.k.a. Valentine Hugo, was a French art student in Paris in the 1910s. She became a ballet enthusiast, illustrator, researcher and painter. Valentine Gross witnessed annual seasons of Diaghilev Ballets Russes in Paris and made preliminary sketches during performances and rehearsals between 1909 and 1919. She later worked them up into pencil or coloured drawings of various degrees of finish including illustrations and paintings.

Some of the sketches feature in the book Nijinsky on Stage by Richard Buckle, published in London by Studio Vista in 1971.
Associated object
THM/165 (Archive record)
Bibliographic reference
Richard Buckle Nijinsky on Stage London; Studio Vista, 1971 pages 40-41
Other number
THM/165 - Archive number
Collection
Accession number
S.635-1989

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Record createdFebruary 1, 2010
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