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Grand Bal de Nuit. 1926.

Grand Bal de Nuit. 1926.

Item Description:

Artist: NATALIA GONTCHAROVA (1881-1962)
Size: 30 1/4 x 46 5/8 in./77 x 118.5 cm
Condition: A-/ Slight tears at edges.
Printer: Imp. Joseph-Charles, Paris
Reference: Ref: Weill, 322; Art Deco, p. 55; PAI-LXXII, 225
Key Words: Art Deco; Dance; Artist Balls/Carnaval

Grand Bal de Nuit. 1926.
Gontcharova’s long and productive career spans several countries and many styles. She could be very expressionist, or be in the midst of futurism, or, as in this poster, at the very core of Cubism. After a successful career of painting and teaching in Russia, as well as exhibiting in all the major European avant-garde shows, including the 1911 Blaue Reiter and the 1913 Der Sturm, she went to Paris in 1914 where she settled permanently. There she was involved in all facets of theatrical work, including designing sets for Diaghilev. Illustration also preoccupied her, but she did little in the medium of the poster. This one for the Grand Bal de Nuit at the Salle Bullier is a spectacular evocation of the cubist style which was little used in posters. Whether one sees in it a couple under a tree or some other image, one gets an impression of a vivacious "happening"—and this is the finest specimen we have ever seen!

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