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In the Coulisses

© reproduced with permission of the estate of Dame Laura Knight, DBE, RA, 2012. All rights reserved. Photo credit: Falmouth Art Gallery

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Laura Knight was privileged to gain permission from Diaghilev to paint backstage the activities of dancers from the Ballets Russes. Here she shows what is probably a rehearsal at the Alhambra Theatre, London in 1919. The dancers are in the costume for Les Sylphides and Le Tricorne, while a dresser (in red) is on hand for last minute adjustments to costumes in the wings. Laura Knight may have been introduced to Diaghilev through the contacts of her framer J.

Falmouth Art Gallery



oil on panel


H 63 x W 57 cm

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gift from Alfred Aaron De Pass, 1923

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