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FAMOUS ART DECO PAINTING TITLED "CARNAVAL" BY DAME LAURA KNIGHT

Dame Laura Knight, DBE, RA RWS (4 August 1877 – 7 July 1970) was an English artist who worked in oils, watercolours, etching, engraving and drypoint. Knight was a painter in the figurative, realist tradition who embraced English Impressionism. In her long career Knight was among the most successful and popular painters in Britain. In 1929 she was created a Dame, and in 1936 became the first woman elected to the Royal Academy since its foundation in 1768

DURING 1920 AND 1921 LAURA MET AND PAINTED BACKSTAGE SOME OF THE MOST FAMOUS BALLET DANCERS OF THE DAY FROM SERGEI DIAGHILEV'S BALLET RUSSES

THIS PAINTING IS OF THE DIAGHILEV BALLET RUSSES BEFORE THE RISE OF THE CURTAIN FOR A PERFORMANCE OF CARNIVAL AT DRURY LANE IN 1920

PAINTING SHOWS FROM LEFT TO RIGHT:
DIAGHILEV (TOP HAT), MASSINE (RED COAT), KARSAVINA (TYING SHOE); STANISLAW IDZIKOWSKI(HARLEQUIN); SOKOLOVA (POINTING FOOT) AS PAPILLON; WOIZIKOWSKI (STRIPED TIGHTS); AS FLORESTON; CECCHETTI (BUFF COAT AND GREEN GLOVES) AS PANTALOON; TCHERNICHEVA (BLUE SKIRT) AS CHIARINA; AND THE CORPS DE BALLET.

PRINT AND FRAME IN EXCELLENT CONDITION BUT BLACK AREA OF BACKGROUND HAS 3 AREAS WHERE THERE HAS BEEN A TOUCH UP - THESE CAN ONLY BE NOTICED IF POSITIONED WHERE LIGHT REFLECTS OFF THE SURFACE

MEASUREMENTS:
WIDTH 71CM
HEIGHT 55.5CM
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