Design for the costume of the Chief Clown (Le Buffoon) in the ballet Chout thumbnail 1
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Design for the costume of the Chief Clown (Le Buffoon) in the ballet Chout

Design
1915 (designed)
Artist/Maker
Place Of Origin

A drawing in watercolours and body-colours of a design for a costume of a buffoon.


object details
Categories
Object Type
Materials and Techniques
watercolours and body-colours
Brief Description
Design for the costume of the Chief Clown (Le Buffoon) in the ballet Chout by Mikhail Larionov; 1915.
Physical Description
A drawing in watercolours and body-colours of a design for a costume of a buffoon.
Dimensions
  • Height: 38.4cm
  • Length: 25.8cm
Taken from Salmina-Haskell, L., Catalogue of Russian Drawings, London: V & A, 1972, p. 36, cat. 131.
Production typeUnique
Marks and Inscriptions
  • M. Larionov 915 Lausanne (Signed and dated.)
  • N2. M. Larionow 43 rue de Seine Paris 6eme France. "Bouffon" (Cout). Cotume de Bouffon. Dans les premiers rôles d'Hommes Nijinsk et Slavinsky. Dans les rôles des Femmes Nemtchinova et Sokolova. Dónne pour la première fois à Paris au Théâtre de la Gaîteé-Lyrique. (Inscribed in French.)
Object history
The idea of the ballet Chout ('Le Bouffon') originated with Diaghilev, who in 1915 proposed to Prokofiev that he should write the music. Larionov not only designed the costumes and sets but also, jointly with the principal dancer Thadée Slavinsky, created the choreography. It was some years before the ballet was produced and it was shown fro the first time in Paris at the Théâtre de la Gaîteé-Lyrique on 17 May 1921. This costume design is one of the earliest created by Larionov for this ballet.
Subjects depicted
Bibliographic References
  • Salmina-Haskell, L., Catalogue of Russian Drawings, London: V & A, 1972, p. 36, cat. 131.
  • Jane Pritchard, ed. Diaghilev and the golden age of the Ballet Russes, 1909-1929 London: V&A Publishing, 2010. ISBN: 9781851776139.
Collection
Accession Number
E.283-1961

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record createdFebruary 23, 2009
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