Scene design for La Belle Endormie (Sleeping Beauty) in Les Forains (The Strolling Players)

Maker and role
Artist: Christian Bérard, French, 1902-1949
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Gouache on paper
15 x 18 3/4in (38.1 x 47.6cm)
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Gift of The Tobin Theatre Arts Fund
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Theatre production
Ballet by Roland Petit with music by Henri Sauguet. Produced by Les Ballets des Champs-Élysées, 1945.
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Christian Bérard exemplified the tradition of the artist-decorator. Bérard’s designs exemplify the neo-romantic sensibility he brought to theatre as well as to painting. The moral transgressions of L’Occasion, the outsider existence of actors in Les Forains, and the exotic enchantments of Renaud et Armide -- all appealed to Bérard. He approached these themes with a painterly ease belying the seriousness of his collaborations with leading playwrights, directors, and choreographers.
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