Diaghilev: A Life

Paperback | February 8, 2012

bySjeng Scheijen

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Featuring an eight-page gallery of full-color illustrations, here is a major new biography of Serge Diaghilev, founder and impresario of the Ballets Russes, who revolutionized ballet by bringing together composers such as Stravinsky and Prokofiev, dancers and choreographers such as Nijinskyand Karsavina, Fokine and Balanchine, and artists such as Picasso, Matisse, Bakst, and Goncharova. An accomplished, flamboyant impresario of all the arts, Diaghilev became a legendary figure. Growing up in a minor noble family in remote Perm, he would become a central figure in the artistic worlds of Paris, London, Berlin, and Madrid during the golden age of modern art. He lived throughbankruptcy, war, revolution, and exile. Furthermore he lived openly as a homosexual and his liaisons, most famously with Nijinsky, and his turbulent friendships with Stravinsky, Coco Chanel, Prokofiev, and Jean Cocteau gave his life an exceptionally dramatic quality. Scheijen's magnificentbiography, based on extensive research in little known archives, especially in Russia, brings fully to life a complex and powerful personality with boundless creative energy. A New York Times Editor's Choice"An important addition to the large shelf of Diaghilev literature."--Alistair Macauley, The New York Times"An admirable book. A deep and unified account of Diaghilev's personality."--Joan Acocella, The New Yorker"A meaty and rigorously researched new biography."--Jennifer B. McDonald, The New York Times Book Review"An absorbing and dramatic account of an extraordinary individual and his time."--Library Journal

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Featuring an eight-page gallery of full-color illustrations, here is a major new biography of Serge Diaghilev, founder and impresario of the Ballets Russes, who revolutionized ballet by bringing together composers such as Stravinsky and Prokofiev, dancers and choreographers such as Nijinskyand Karsavina, Fokine and Balanchine, and arti...

Sjeng Scheijen is a Senior Research Fellow and Veni-laureate at Leiden University in The Netherlands. He is a historian of Russian art, an exhibition curator, and a former cultural attache at the Royal Netherlands Embassy in Moscow.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:560 pages, 10 × 7 × 0.68 inPublished:February 8, 2012Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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List of IllustrationsTranslators' NoteIntroduction: Death in Venice1. A Big Head, 1872-18802. The Fruits of Enlightenment, 1879-18903. Rise and Fall, 1890-18914. Student Years: A Visit to Tolstoy, 1891-18935. Student Years: Alexandre Benois, 1890-18946. 'The Serge Diaguileff Museum': St Petersburg, Rome, Genoa, Paris, 1894-18967. Charlatan and Charmer, 1895-18988. 'I'm full of big plans!', 1897-18989. The World of Art, 1898-190010. The Sylvia Debacle, 1900-190211. The Hour of Reckoning, 1902-190512. The 'Homosexual Clique', 1906-190713. Tsar Boris and Tsar Sergey, 1907-190814. The Rise of the Ballets Russes, 1908-190915. Bakst and the Art of Seduction, 1909-191016. Emergence of a Genius, 1910-191117. Petrushka, 1911-191218. Prelude to a Scandal, 1911-191219. A Year of Risky Experiments, 1912-1320. Time of Troubles, 1913-191421. Let Us Be Resolute and Energetic, 1914-191522. A Parade of Revolutions, 1915-191723. A Letter from Nouvel, 1917-191924. To the Brink of Catastrophe, 1919-192225. A Lifeline from Monte Carlo, 1922-192426. The Soviet Union Strikes Back, 1924-192727. The Final Curtain, 1928-1929NotesBibliographyIllustration AcknowledgementsAuthor's AcknowledgementsIndex