Curtain Design for the Ballet "Les Noces"

Natalia Sergeyevna Goncharova, French (born Russia), 1881 - 1962

Made in France, Europe


Opaque watercolor over graphite on board

Image: 18 1/2 x 27 3/4 inches (47 x 70.5 cm) Sheet (board): 21 1/4 x 28 7/8 inches (54 x 73.3 cm)

© Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / ADAGP, Paris

Curatorial Department:
Prints, Drawings, and Photographs

Object Location:

Currently not on view

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Credit Line:
Gift of Christian Brinton, 1941

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Goncharova’s designs for the 1914 ballet-opera Le Coq d’Or (The Golden Cockerel) were considered a radical assault on cultured tastes. The jarring color, crude drawing, and ornamental exuberance of her décors exploded onto the stage with the ribald revelry of a peasant festival. Describing a village wedding, Les Noces was to be a follow-up to the sensational success of Le Coq d’Or, but it was finally staged only in 1923 in a completely revised form. Two firebirds of folk legend escort the wedding cortege on this curtain design.