[Nijinsky in "Danse siamoise" from the "Orientales"]
Eugène Druet (French, 1868–1917)
Gelatin silver print
Image: 20.3 x 14.6 cm (8 x 5 3/4 in.)
Gilman Collection, Gift of The Howard Gilman Foundation, 2005
Not on view
This photograph of Vaslav Nijinsky is one a series taken by Druet–a self-described "amateur photographer" best known today for his dazzling images of Rodin's sculpture–at the request of the painter Jacques-Emile Blanche, in the latter's garden in Passy. The dancer is seen in midair executing one of the jumps for which he was famous and wearing the costume designed by Léon Bakst for "Danse siamoise," a solo in Les Orientales, choreographed by Michel Fokine. Three years later the angular, brutally violent steps of Nijinsky's choreography for the Stravinsky ballet The Rite of Spring would cause a riot at its Paris premiere and become, along with the 1913 Armory Show in New York, one of the birthplaces of modern art's predilection for scandal.
Inscription: Numbered in the negative, TC: "102"; inscribed in blue ink on print, verso TR: "Nijinsky"
(Christie's, New York, October 10, 1991, lot 31); Gilman Paper Company Collection, New York
The Metropolitan Museum of Art. ""Our Future Is In The Air": Photographs from the 1910s," November 10, 2010–April 10, 2011.
National Gallery of Art, Washington D.C. "Diaghilev and the Ballets Russes 1909-1929: When Art Danced with Music," May 12, 2013–October 6, 2013.
Musée d'Orsay. "catalogue établi par Martine Kahane." In Nijinsky 1889-1950 . RMN ed. Paris: Éditions de la Réunion des Musées Nationaux, 2000. no. 97d.