Jun 17, 2021 - Sale 2573

Sale 2573 - Lot 162

Estimate: $ 3,000 - $ 4,000
COSTUME CHANGES FOR THE BALLET "JEUX D'ENFANTS" MIRÓ, JOAN. Autograph Letter Signed, "Miró," to Ballets Russes director Serge Grigoriev, with two small ink drawings. The drawings, diagrams on the first page surrounded by text illustrating locations on the leg where elements are to be added to costumes. Each 1 1/2x1 inches. The letter, "Dear Mr. Grigorieff," in French, describing changes to be made to some of the costumes and sending greetings to Mrs. Grigoriev. 1 1/2 pages, 4to, written on the recto and verso of a single sheet; few small cello tape repairs to closed separations at folds on verso. Barcelona, 10 June 1933

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"To my greatest regret, I will not be able to be in Paris for the opening of my ballet, but I certainly count on being able to attend the second.
"I hope . . . that you will . . . attend to the personal technicalities in order that those most important details be executed as they ought . . . .
"a. Masculine spirit. On the leg there ought to be drawn a form which was badly applied on the side. [Drawing.] This black shape in the form of a cone ought to be applied to the front of the leg.
"[Drawing.] The red shape ought to be applied behind the joint between the calf and the thigh.
"b. To have all the rounds marked in black on the young man dressed in floating green, to replace the corks which were falling during the dancing . . . .
"c. To tell the wardrobe designer to attach more black fabric to the soap balls and on different parts of each ball . . . ."
In 1932, Miró was commissioned by the Ballets Russes de Monte Carlo to design costumes and sets for Jeux d'enfants, a ballet set to the music of Georges Bizet's work of the same name, which debuted in Monte Carlo on April 14, 1932, with choreography by Leonide Massine. A production was mounted in Paris the following year.