Costume for 'Le Train Bleu' by Milhaud: 8. Beau GosseArtist(s)Georg KirstaArtist NationalityRussian (culture or style)Object Creation Date1930Medium & Supportgouache heightened with gold on paperDimensions
12 1/8 in x 8 7/8 in (30.8 cm x 22.5 cm)Credit LineMuseum PurchaseSubject matter
The title of this ballet - The Blue Train - is based on a train that transported wealthy travelers from Paris to their seaside vacations in southern France, the Côte d’Azur. The costumes for this ballet were designed to reflect contemporary beachwear/sportswear.
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 shows an athletic man leaning left wearing a bathing suit with a white tank top with blue stripes. It has high waisted red shorts with a brown stripe at the top and a brown stripe running vertically on the shorts on the figures right side. Primary Object ClassificationDrawingCollection AreaModern and ContemporaryRights
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French (culture or style)
Russian (culture or style)
ballets (performance events)
costume (mode of fashion)
modern and contemporary art