Untitled (from the Ballet Series, Les Sylphides); Alexey Brodovitch, 1935-1937, silver print


This silver print photograph by Alexey Brodovitch shows several ballet dancers during a rehearsal or performance of the classic ballet, Les Sylphides. This photograph captures the twirling motion of the romantic tutus that the dancers wear. Brodovitch photographed several ballet companies such as the Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo during his life. According to Brodovitch, the photographs were simply meant to be souvenirs, but fit into the popular style of straight photography of the time. He used a Contax 35mm camera, without a flash. http://www.allartnews.com/museum-quality-photographs-featured-at-swann-galleries-auction/


Ballet - Boutique Fantasque; Alexey Brodovitch, 1935-1937, gelatin silver print


Boutique Fantasque, meaning The Magic Toy Shop, was a ballet that premiered in June of 1919, performed by Sergei Diaghilev’s Ballets Russes. Brodovitch photographed a version of it performed in the 1930’s. This is a gelatin silver print showing both male and female ballet dancers in motion. http://www.artnet.com/artists/lotdetailpage.aspx?lot_id=E3B6001AA8395C3D30B2515F75E30887

Ballet (Boutique Fantasque); Alexey Brodovitch, 1935-1937, gelatin silver print


This is another gelatin silver print photograph of the same performance; Boutique Fantasque. Here, a man and woman near center stage are the main focus. In the background we can also see the lights and a few people watching from the wings. http://www.christies.com/LotFinder/lot_details.aspx?intObjectID=4795358