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This is just a short follow-up to my review of The Ballets Russes exhibit at The National Gallery of Art from earlier in the week (read it here). In the interest of keeping the piece a reasonable length, I left out some of the stunning costume renderings from the exhibit.
I am a huge proponent of the advancements of digital rendering and photorealistic designs that are becoming the norm in the industry, but there is something so effortless about these traditional sketches. From the subtly of a pencil stroke to the rich complexity of color, these designs are true masterpieces. Below is just a small taste of the wonderful art on display.
A minimalist, modern rendering by Léon Bakst for Costume Study for Games (Jeux), 1913 watercolor, graphite and black chalk on laid paper. [Credit: National Gallery of Art]
A beautiful, exotic rendering by Léon Bakst. Costume design for an Odalisque from Scheherazade, 1911, gouache, graphite, ink and metallic paint on paper, mounted on board. [Credit: National Gallery of Art]
Natalia Goncharova, Costume design for a Seahorse from Sadko, c.1916, watercolor, pencil, and gouache with foil. [Credit: National Gallery of Art.]
Sonia Delaunay, Costume design for title role from Cleopatra, 1918, watercolor, metallic paint, and graphite on paper. [Credit: National Gallery of Art]
Pavel Tchelitchev, Set design for figures (scene 3) from Ode, 1928, gouache and wash on dark blue machine-made woven paper. [Credit: National Gallery of Art]
The Diaghilev and Ballets Russes Exhibit at The National Gallery of Art runs through October 6, 2013.