Nov 20, 2019

Adolf Bolm in Thamar

Studies from the Russian Ballet

Adolf Bolm in Thamar


Emil Otto Hoppé

(British, 1878–1972)

Halftone photogravure

Image: 19.3 x 14.5 cm (7 5/8 x 5 11/16 in.); Paper: 20.4 x 15.3 cm (8 1/16 x 6 in.); Framed: 30.5 x 35.6 cm (12 x 14 in.)

Sundry Art - Photography Fund 2019.39


Did you know?

Bolm’s tall, pointed brimless hat is based on historical clothing from the Caucasus, a region between the Black and Caspian seas.


Based on a Russian poem that was inspired by Georgian legends and history, Thamar is the story of a queen who seduces a traveling prince, then stabs him through the heart. Adolph Bolm (1884–1951), who played the prince, injured his spinal cord in 1917 while dancing this ballet in the United States with the Ballets Russes. He remained in this country and played an important role in the development of American ballet as a teacher, performer, and choreographer.

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