Nov 20, 2019

Sofia Fedorova in Cleopatra

Studies from the Russian Ballet

Sofia Fedorova in Cleopatra


Emil Otto Hoppé

(British, 1878-1972)

Halftone photogravure

Image: 19.3 x 13.5 cm (7 5/8 x 5 5/16 in.); Paper: 20.5 x 14.4 cm (8 1/16 x 5 11/16 in.)

Sundry Art - Photography Fund 2019.42


Did you know?

The costumes and scenery for this production of Cleopatra used a palette that emphasized gold, lapis blue, malachite green, pink, orange, and violet.


The “Russian ballet” referred to is the Ballets Russes, the most influential ballet company of the 20th century. Created by impresario Sergei Diaghilev and employing primarily dancers trained in Russia, the company operated between 1909 and 1929, touring Europe and North and South America. Sofia Fedorova (1879–1963) was trained at the Bolshoi School in Moscow and danced with the Ballets Russes from 1909 through 1928.

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