Ballet and Bloomsbury
To celebrate #worldballetday
we are sharing some balletic works found throughout the House.
The productions of the Ballets Russes revolutionised early 20th-century arts. Along with other members of his circle, Duncan Grant became a frequent visitor to Diaghilev’s productions, which he had first seen in 1909 with his friend Lady Ottoline Morrell. While it has been argued that some critics have exaggerated and misunderstood the productions’ impact on Grant, the artist was clearly inspired by these magnificent performances with their modernist stage sets and avant-garde costumes.
In the first picture – taken in the Studio at Charleston, the photograph to the left is Nijinsky in the Siamese Dance from ‘Les Orientales,’ 1911, by Druet. 26.5 x 43.6 cm. Photograph © The Charleston Trust 📷 @nthepburn
Next, to the right of the fire in the Garden Room is an early painted log box by Duncan Grant from 1917. Ph Axel Hesslenberg @fotocolonia
The next image can be found in our current exhibition, Orlando at the present time. Costume, Duncan Grant, three part, life size, jointed, painted, card costume, circa 1935, gouache on card, 116 x 65 cm. Photographs © The Charleston Trust
When photographing small works on paper in the Angelica Garnett Gift, the curatorial interns came across a biro sketch on cardboard made by Duncan Grant. Depicting a dancer en pointe in an elaborate costume, the drawing is surrounded by annotations detailing the colours and fabrics to be used.
Further reading: https://thecharlestonattic.wordpress.com/2015/02/17/ballet-and-the-bloomsbury-group/