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Set of designs for stage decorations

Alexander Benois (1870-1960), private collection
Set of designs for stage decorations consists of 8 sketches for different operas, operettas and ballets. The reflected infrared photography revealed underdrawing, which is present in all of them. Almost in every case more or less significant changes comparing the underdrawing and final composition could be identified. In some cases the mismatch is very significant, it reveals reworked architectural components, decorative elements or even removed figures of dancers and similar. The manner of execution of the drawing and free interpretation of details explains the process of creation and confirms the authenticity of the artworks.