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Published by Galerie d’Art Contemporain, Paris. From Dix danseuses. A very good impression of this large print, with strong contrasts.
In 1919-20 Matisse had worked for the Ballet Russes for the first time and designed the costumes and décor for a ballet version of Stravinky’s opera The Nightingale. There was another prodution in 1925. Frequent contact with Serge Diaghilev and Leonide Massine introduced Matisse to the atmosphere of the theater and , in addition, he was an assiduoud concertgoer in Monte Carlo: “ on Friday afternoon… I gave myself some time off. It is the day when concerts are held in Monte Carlo,” he wrote to his friend Camoin. The organizers of the Ballet Russes in Monte Carlo tried again and again to persuade Matisse to collaborate with them. Oddly enough, he did not agree again until 1939, when he worked on the ballet Rouge et Noir from Dimitri Shostakovitch’s First Symphony.