Paris: Musée Galliéra, 1972. 1st Edition. Small quarto, publisher’s stiff illustrated paper wraps embossed in red, yellow, black and gray.
Catalog published in conjunction with an exhibition commemorating the centenary of Russian art critic and founder of the Ballets Russes held at the Musée Galliéra in Paris in 1972. Diaghilev and his dance company notably had a significant impact on visual art in the early 20th century due to his "Artist Programs," in which he invited renowned artists to design avant-garde sets and costumes for his productions. Curated by dancers from the company Boris Kochno and Serge Lifar, who had inherited a large part of Diaghilev's archives and collections, the exhibition presented 311 paintings and drawings that were created for or inspired by the Ballets Russes including works by Bakst (Diaghilev’s most frequent collaborator), Cocteau, Derain, Gris, Laurencin, Matisse, Miro, Picasso, Stravinsky, and Tchelitchew alongside manuscripts, documents, and other ephemera. The cover illustration reproduces Picasso’s costume design for Diaghilev's performance of Parade at Théâtre du Châtelet in Paris in 1917. Edited by curator Marie-Claude Dane. Illustrated in black-and-white. Text in French. Light soiling to wraps. Near fine. Item #8184