A Scene from Fokine's Petrushka (Ballets Russes), c. 1919
Line print with gouache
7.75 x 9.5 inches
Note: This hand coloured print depicts a sequence in scene one of Mikhail Fokine's ballet Petrushka (also transliterated Petrouchka), music by Igor Stravinsky, designed by Alexandre Benois, premiered by Diaghilev Ballets Russes, 1911. The Showman at the right makes Petrushka, the Ballerina and the Blackamoor dance for the crowds at the fair.
By 1919, there was an increasing interest in the Diaghilev Ballet and material relating to dance in general. Dance historian and publisher Cyril Beaumont had already produced a series of booklets on individual Diaghilev Ballets under the series title Impressions of the Russian Ballet and a number of plywood Diaghilev dancers in their famous roles.