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The Ballets Russes and the Art of Design [Hardcover]

Alston Purvis

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20 Oct 2009
The Ballets Russes was a phenomenon of the early twentieth century, permeating daily life wherever the company traveled and leaving a lasting impact on dance, theater, and the visual arts. Sergei Diaghilev, impresario from 1909 until his death in 1929, fused the most avant-garde, groundbreaking movements in dance, choreography, art, design, and costume into unique and stunning productions. The work was exciting, and always new, and it stretched the limits of the possible in art. The color, form, and material in costume and set design astonished audiences, transforming every corner of Western culture in the twentieth century.

Fashion and decor designers and visual artists in particular—including Coco Chanel, Natalia Goncharova, Mikhail Larionov, Léon Bakst, and Pablo Picasso—found inspiration in the Ballets Russes. Designers and artists moved past old boundaries and created costumes and set designs for these extravagant productions, bridging the gaps between tangible and abstract artistic genres.

The Ballets Russes and the Art of Design explores these revolutionary icons and ideas, illuminating Sergei Diaghilev's profound revitalization of the arts, which continues to influence us today. Ten essays by internationally recognized experts and 200 color and black-and-white illustrations—many from private collections and never-before-published—discuss a broad range of topics, including set and costume designs, graphic design and poster art, photographs and postcards, Diaghilev's presence in the media, and private and museum collections of Ballets Russes treasures.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Ballet Russes Beauty 2 April 2011
By Sally Waldmann - Published on Amazon.com
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I always find the "stuff" at Amazon--- in this case, the beautifully produced "The Ballet Russes and the Art of Design"--- I collect Diaghilev books--- and was thrilled to see the actual costumes...a lovely addition to the collection!
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5.0 out of 5 stars wonderful 19 April 2011
By Pandora, author of Hunger For Atlantis - Published on Amazon.com
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The book has many photographs of art in black and white, also in color. The descriptions and stories are well
written. The eroticism in the early 1900's is displayed in many of the costumes.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Set and Costume Designers need this book 30 Jan 2013
By M. Jackson - Published on Amazon.com
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Anyone who is involved with or just loves theatre, ballet, opera design needs this book. Lots of great history and plenty of color photos of set renderings and costume designs from this great ballet company. I sure wish I could go back in time and see some of those productions!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Ballets Russes gem 30 Aug 2013
By Sandra E. Hollimon - Published on Amazon.com
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The quality of the illustrations in this book are outstanding! The colors are vivid and the illustrations are very sharp. The paper quality is excellent and the scholarly quality of the essays is first rate!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Exquisite 21 Feb 2013
By Guillermo Pippo - Published on Amazon.com
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A jewel...a beautiful book of an splendorous time...very well written and plenty of wonderful illustrations..just get it, you will adore it! :)
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