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BARBIER, George; MIOMANDRE, Francis de.

Designs on the Dances of Vaslav Nijinsky.

Stock Code
101348
London, C.W. Beaumont, 1913
£3,500

Barbier's wonderful illustrations of the legendary dancer in Scheherazade, Carnaval and L'Après-midi d'un Faune .

'The designs, although somewhat fantastic in treatment, do convey the impression produced by Nijinsky in his famous characters' (Beaumont).

'In his brief time, Nijinsky was the most famous male dancer in the world, a pre-eminence due in part to his extraordinary virtuosity. But it was not his virtuosity alone that made him such a powerful stage presence. As contemporary reports make clear, Nijinsky was a great and unusual actor. The ideal Fokine interpreter, he was able to expand a simple choreographic design into a rich dramatic portrait, using, in keeping with Fokine's dicta, the whole body as an expressive instrument. Nijinsky's influence as a dancer was immediate and huge. That ballet, nearly extinguished artistically in western Europe, was revived in this century is due to him and other great dancers of his generation, such as Anna

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Description

First English edition, number 131 from a limited edition of 400; 4to (33.5 x 28 cm); translated by C.W. Beaumont, title, 8pp., vignette, 12 full-page coloured illustrations by Barbier on vellum, printed on rectos only, printer's leaf at end; original pictorial wrappers, edges are slightly worn, repairs to spine, otherwise a good copy.

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