Lot 89: Set Design for the G. Mahler Ballet "Dark Elegies" by Nadia Benois



2015-11-12 13:00:55

Lot 89: BENOIS, NADIA (1896-1975) Set Design for the G. Mahler Ballet "Dark Elegies", indistinctly signed and titled. Gouache on paper, 47 by 63.5 cm. The present lot is a design for the backcloth for the ballet Dark Elegies, set to the song cycle Kindertotenlieder by Gustav Mahler and first presented by Ballet Rambert at the Duchess Theatre in London on 19 February 1937, with set and costume designs by Nadia Benois. Provenance: Private collection, UK. Related literature: For another version of the present lot, see C. Beaumont, Ballet Design. Past and Present, London, The Studio, 1946, p. 130, illustrated. MacDougall Arts Ltd's Russian Art Wednesday, 2nd December 2015 Estimate: £1,200-£1,800
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