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Le Carnaval

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

Collage portrait of Tamara Karsavina as Columbine in a production of the ballet Le Carnaval, ca.1910.

Le Carnaval, a ballet based on the music of Robert Schumann's piano suite Carnaval, Op. 9, and choreographed by Michel Fokine, was first produced by the dancers of the Imperial Russian Ballet at a charity performance in St Petersburg in 1910. It subsequently became part of the repertory of the company which became known as Diaghilev's Ballets Russes. The ballet took the titles of the Commedia dell'arte characters indicated on Schumann's score and set them in the context of a 19th century ball.

The image of Karsavina and her costume have been stylised in the creation of this portrait, but both the cherries decorating her dress and the rose positioned in the bottom right hand corner of the collage allude to the narrative and costumes associated with the production.


Object details

Categories
Object type
TitleLe Carnaval (generic title)
Materials and techniques
Collage formed form silk, cotton, goauche, pencil and paper. Displayed in a card mount.
Brief description
Collage portrait of Tamara Karsavina as she appeared a production of the ballet Le Carnaval, ca.1910
Physical description
Collage portrait of Tamara Karsavina as she appeared a production of the ballet Le Carnaval, ca.1910. The portrait is formed from layers of fabric, paint and paper. These has been combined to create a full length portrait of Karsavina positioned en pointe and with her head resting on her right hand. She is wearing a white dress with a full scalloped skirt and both the top edge of her skirt, and the edge of her full, 'off the shoulder' sleeves, are decorated with pairs of cherries.
Dimensions
  • Height: 26.5cm
  • Width: 19.2cm
Credit line
Cyril W. Beaumont Bequest
Literary referenceDiana of Dobson's
Summary
Collage portrait of Tamara Karsavina as Columbine in a production of the ballet Le Carnaval, ca.1910.

Le Carnaval, a ballet based on the music of Robert Schumann's piano suite Carnaval, Op. 9, and choreographed by Michel Fokine, was first produced by the dancers of the Imperial Russian Ballet at a charity performance in St Petersburg in 1910. It subsequently became part of the repertory of the company which became known as Diaghilev's Ballets Russes. The ballet took the titles of the Commedia dell'arte characters indicated on Schumann's score and set them in the context of a 19th century ball.

The image of Karsavina and her costume have been stylised in the creation of this portrait, but both the cherries decorating her dress and the rose positioned in the bottom right hand corner of the collage allude to the narrative and costumes associated with the production.
Collection
Accession number
S.1852-2015

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Record createdMarch 31, 2016
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