Anna Pavlova signed and dated 'Jean Cocteau 1956' (lower right) and inscribed, pencil 35 x 24cm (13 3/4 x 9 7/16in).
EXHIBITED: Paris, Le Salon des Peintres du Spectacle, 1995 Bruxelles, Musee D'Ixelles, 1991
Anna Pavlova (1881-1931) enrolled at the Imperial Ballet School aged 10 and in 1909 was performing at Diaghilev's Ballet Russes in Paris alongside the other star dancer of the era, Vaslav Nijinsky (see lot 8). With the outbreak of war in 1914, Pavlova made a career touring the world, her connection to Russia broken, and her adherence to the classic style of dancing and poetic manner made her internationally famous. Her pièce d'occasion was The Dying Swan, choreographed by Mikhail Fokine, which she danced around 4000 times throughout her career. Pavlova is rated by many as the best female dancer of all time. This sketch is a version of the poster for the 1956 exhibition Anna Pavlova et La Danse de son Temps held at the Musée de l'Opera, Paris.