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Costume for 'Le Train Bleu' by Milhaud: Segler

Accession Number
1948/1.243

Title
Costume for 'Le Train Bleu' by Milhaud: Segler

Artist(s)
Georg Kirsta

Artist Nationality
Russian (culture or style)

Object Creation Date
1930

Medium & Support
gouache heightened with gold on paper

Dimensions
12 1/8 in x 8 7/8 in (30.8 cm x 22.5 cm)

Credit Line
Museum Purchase

Subject 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 athletically built man wearing a red tank top, a brown belt that cinches his waist and wide white pants. He wears a key ring at his waist. 

Primary Object Classification
Drawing

Collection Area
Modern and Contemporary

Rights
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French (culture or style)
Russian (culture or style)
ballets (performance events)
beaches
costume (mode of fashion)
costume designers
costumes
modern and contemporary art
passenger trains
scenographers

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