The Ballets Russes and the Art of Design (Hardcover)
Monacelli Press, 9781580932547, 208pp.
Publication Date: December 1, 2009
Fashion and decor designers and visual artists in particular including Coco Chanel, Natalia Goncharova, Mikhail Larionov, Leon 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.
About the Author
Peter Rand teaches writing at the College of Communication, Boston University, and is the author of numerous works of fiction and nonfiction, including "Firestorm and China Hands."
Anna Winestein is a historian and scholar of Russian culture working on her doctoral dissertation at Oxford University.
Praise For The Ballets Russes and the Art of Design…
"This deluxe book from The Monacelli Press is beautifully illustrated and includes a number of varied essays which offer a thorough and lively exploration of the many accomplishments of this extraordinary dance company." —Bart Boehlert's Beautiful Things