Costume for 'Le Train Bleu' by Milhaud: 9. SchirmdamenArtist(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 a woman in a one piece bathing suit with a blue tank top and brown, high waisted, mid-thigh length shorts. An umbrella rests on the ground behind her. Primary Object ClassificationDrawingCollection AreaModern and ContemporaryRights
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French (culture or style)
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ballets (performance events)
costume (mode of fashion)
modern and contemporary art