Costume for 'Coppelia' by Delibes: Bauernburschen

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Costume for 'Coppelia' by Delibes: Bauernburschen

Georg Kirsta

Artist Nationality
Russian (culture or style)

Object Creation Date

Medium & Support
gouache on paper

12 1/8 in x 8 3/4 in (30.8 cm x 22.2 cm)

Credit Line
Museum Purchase

Subject matter
Coppelia is a ballet by French composer Leo Delibes. It opened in Paris in May of 1870. It is a comical twist on E.T.A. Hoffman's "Der Sandmann" (1816). 

Georg Kirsta was a Russian painter and costume and set designer who worked for European theatres and ballet companies. After the Russian Revolution, Kirsta emigrated to Berlin, Germany and then to Vienna, Austria; in the late 1930s, Kirsta moved to London. Throughout Kirsta's career, he worked for Bronislava Nijinska, Hedy Pfundmayr, Grete Wiesenthal, Hilde Holger, and Helene Tels; Kirsta also worked with the Metropolitain Ballet and the London Festival Ballet. In 1951, Kirsta organized a new Original Ballet Russe after the death of his associate Wassily de Basil, the co-creator of Les Ballets Russes de Monte Carlo with George Balanchine. Kirsta had an integral role in the popularization of ballet across the world.

Physical Description
This costume design for a male dancer shows short, pale yellow pants with orange trim, a tight white shirt/vest, an orange jacket with white lapels, and a brown and black belt.

Primary Object Classification

Collection Area
Modern and Contemporary

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