Nov 20, 2019

Vaslav Nijinsky in Le Spectre de la Rose

Studies from the Russian Ballet

Vaslav Nijinsky in Le Spectre de la Rose


Auguste Bert

(French, 1856–before 1945)

Halftone photogravure

Image: 19.4 x 12.8 cm (7 5/8 x 5 1/16 in.); Paper: 20.4 x 13.7 cm (8 1/16 x 5 3/8 in.)

Sundry Art - Photography Fund 2019.44


Did you know?

Nijinsky, who played the rose, had to be sewn into his costume covered with silk rose petals for each show.


The Phantom of the Rose tells the story of a young woman who returns from her first ball with a souvenir rose. She dreams that the flower becomes a phantom who dances with her, the role played by Vaslav Nijinsky. This ballet became one of the most beloved productions of the Ballets Russes, which toured Europe and North and South America between 1909 and 1929.

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