Dance. To the 100th Anniversary of Sergey
Diaghilev’s Russian Seasons in Paris
14 October 2009, the exhibition dedicated to the anniversary
of Sergey Pavlovich Diaghilev’s
The exhibited works of art demonstrate the change in the attitude toward dancing in the art of the end of the 19th - first half of the 20th century.
The major emphasis is made on the art of the beginning of the 20th century, the period of Diaghilev’s Russian Seasons in Paris. During this period the art of dancing often became a pattern, guideline and metaphor of creative working process for an artist.
The exhibition includes about 80 exhibits among which there are paintings, sculptures, graphic works and works of applied art. Here one can see not only works that directly depict the art of dancing, but also works, that bring associations with dancing by their style, plastique of figures and line style, though their main theme is not connected with dancing.
The exhibition can be divided into two parts. The first section
unites the works by Edgar Degas
The works by artists of the next generation show the dance as a performance
and a ritual. During this period the art of dancing
influenced the very style of fine arts. Here one can mark out
the works by Henri de
The 20th century is represented by graphic works by Henri Matisse
The exhibition includes works by Matisse that directly depict dancing as well as works that allow finding more or less close analogies: images of separate figures and abstract arabesques. Along with graphic works (drawings from publications Jazz, Stephane Mallarme’s Poems, Selected Love Verse of Ronsard) the picture Fruit and Flowers, panel the Dance and two small sculptures (Leg Sketch and Torso) are also displayed at the exhibition.
The works of Marc Chagall are represented
The idea of Henri Laurens’ art is given by a few engravings from the books Idyls of Theocritus and Lukios and a donkey. It should be underlined that the works by the master are exhibited in the Hermitage quite rarely and are practically unknown to the public.
This section of the exhibition also includes graphic works and photographs directly connected with Russian Seasons.
Along with the works from the State Hermitage funds the sculpture
by Umberto Boccioni
The curator of the exhibition is Mikhail Vitalyevich Balan, researcher at the Department of Western European Art of the State Hermitage.