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September 20, 2013 10:00 AMCalender

Pavel Tchelitchew (Russian/American, 1898-1957) Group of Dancers in a Scene from L'Errante

Auction: American & European Works of Art - 2673BLocation: BostonDate / Time: September 20, 2013 10:00AM


Pavel Tchelitchew (Russian/American, 1898-1957)

Group of Dancers in a Scene from L'Errante, 1935
Signed and dated "P Tchelitchew/NY 35" l.l., identified on a label on the frame
Gouache and ink on paper, sight size 14 1/2 x 19 5/8 in. (36.8 x 50.0 cm),framed.
Condition: Repaired tear or crease to l.l. quadrant, minor surface losses at corners, not examined out of frame.

N.B. The ballet L'Errante, or The Wanderer, with music by Franz Schubert (Wanderer-Fantasie, transcribed by Franz Liszt),orchestration by Charles Koechlin, choreography by George Balanchine, scenery and costumes by Pavel Tchelitchew, had its world premier in Paris with Les Ballets 1933, Théâtre des Champs-Élysées, June 10, 1933. Later that year Balanchine came to New York at the invitation of Lincoln Kirstein and together they founded The School of American Ballet in early 1934, as well as a touring company, The American Ballet, in 1935. L'Errante was staged again by Balanchine in 1935 for The American Ballet Ensemble at the Metropolitan Opera Company. The ballet retained the ethereal look of the original production, with some figures interpreted as shadows or "phantoms of the storm." (1)

1. Les Ballets 1933 (Brighton, England: The Royal Pavilion Art Gallery & Museums, 1987),p. 70.
Estimate $1,500-2,000

Horizontal tear/crease measures 4 1/4 inches and is located at the left edge, 4 1/4 inches up from the l.l. corner of the mat.

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Pavel Tchelitchew, George Balanchine, American Ballet, The American Ballet, Charles Koechlin, Paris, Franz Liszt, Franz Schubert, Lincoln Kirstein, Metropolitan Opera Company, Royal Pavilion Art Gallery, United Kingdom