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Aleksandr GOLOVIN

Moscow, Russia 1863 – Leningrad, Russia 1930


  • France 1887-89, and regular visits thereafter


commenced 1911 – 1929

producer (organisation)


Grodno, Belarus (Russia) 1866 – France 1924


  • France from 1912

Costume for an attendant of the Immortal Köstchei 1910
Collection Title: the Ballets Russes' production of L'Oiseau de Feu [The Firebird]
Place made: Paris, Île-de-France, Ville de Paris department, France
Creation Notes: First performed 25 June 1910, Théâtre National de l'Opéra, Paris
Materials & Technique: costume and dress, costumes, robe: stencilled cotton, metallic brocade ribbon and fringe, lamé, rayon, paint, metal fasteners, skirt hoop; belt: stencilled cotton, rayon, paint, metal fasteners

Primary Insc: 'Young, Balotine' inscribed on belt ribbon. De Basil C1936
Secondary Insc: Inscription in lining illeg. robe: Black ink, on lining: YOUNG belt: In pencil: BALOTINE
Acknowledgement: Purchased 1973
Accession No: NGA 73.270.74.A-B
Subject: Theatre arts, International Ballet

Golovin’s vivid abstraction of traditional Russian costumes contributed to The Firebird’s distinctly modernist aesthetic.

Text © National Gallery of Australia, Canberra