Designs for Nijinsky Boxed Notecards
Twenty assorted 5 x 7 in. blank notecards (5 each of 4 designs) with envelopes in a decorative box.
Published with The British Library.
Vaslav Nijinsky (Russian, 1890–1950) is widely considered the greatest male dancer of the twentieth century. A star of Russia’s Imperial Ballet School while still in his teens, he came to Paris in 1909 to perform with Sergei Diaghilev’s famed Ballets Russes. Georges Barbier (French, 1882–1932) was one of the most famous commercial artists of the Art Deco era, contributing illustrations to popular Parisian fashion magazines such as Journal des dames et des modes and Gazette du bon ton. When Nijinsky began performing with Ballets Russes, Barbier became an immediate fan. In 1913 he published the limited-edition album Dessins sur les danses de Vaslav Nijinsky (Designs on the Dances of Vaslav Nijinsky), which included twelve pochoir prints of ballet dancers—many based on Nijinsky’s starring roles—that were imbued with flowing lines, exotic settings and costumes, and a sense of effortless grace. This notecard assortment reproduces four plates from a copy of the album held in the collection of the British Library.
Contains five each of the following notecards:
Le pavillon d’Armide, 1913
L’oiseau de feu (The Firebird), 1913
Nijinsky as the Golden Slave in Shéhérazade, 1913
Nijinsky as a faun in L’aprés-midi d’un faune, 1913