Georges Braque
Model for the ballet «Les Fâcheux» (La maquette du ballet «Les Fâcheux»), 1923
Gouache on cardboard
43,9 x 51 x 10,1 cm
Private collection
© Georges Braque, VEGAP, Bilbao, 2014
Photo © Laurens / Leiris SAS Paris

The Ballets

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This chronological review of Georges Braque’s oeuvre would not be complete without a special section devoted to his collaboration with the Ballets Russes, Sergei Diaghilev, and Léonide Massine, with whom many artists of his day also worked. Braque participated in four different productions: Les Fâcheux (1924), Salade (1924), Zéphire et Flore (1925), and Les Sylphides (1926). Three of these works were produced by the Ballets Russes, while Salade was choreographed by Léonide Massine and performed at the charity benefit organized by Count Étienne de Beaumont in the theater of La Cigale. Braque created the costumes and set design for Salade, including the stage curtain shown here alongside some of the original costumes from Zéphire et Flore.

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