[Ballets Russes] Goncharova, Natalia Sergeevna. (1881-1962)
Costume Design for a Sea-Monster from SADKO
Gouache and watercolor over pencil on paper laid down on board. Inscribed in Russian (upper left and lower left) and with a collector's stamp (lower right). 16.5 x 10.4 inches (41.9 x 26.4 cm). Matted and framed to 37 x 54 cm.
This remarkable design was executed for Diaghilev's 1916 Ballets Russes production of Sadko, based on an episode from Rimsky-Korsakov's opera, where the Sea Princess becomes enamoured of the great musician Sadko and weds him in the kingdom of the Sea-King. The company had first presented Sadko in 1911 with choreography by Fokine and costumes by Anisfeld and Bakst. The present design dates from the restaging done for the American tour of 1916 with choreography by Adolph Bolm and new costumes and décor by Goncharova.