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COLLECTION — Volume: 1 Identifier: MS Thr 129

Eugene Berman drawings for the ballet Giselle


Four drawings of the scenery and costumes for the ballet Giselle by Russian painter and designer Eugene Berman.


  • Creation: 1946 and undated


Language of Materials

Collection materials are in English.

Conditions Governing Access

There are no restrictions on physical access to this material. Collection is open for research.


.1 linear feet (1 volume)

Designs for the 1946 production of Giselle by the American Ballet Theatre include an unsigned drawing in ink and a signed drawing in ink, watercolor and gouache for Act I, an unsigned drawing in ink and wash of costume design for Les Willis, and an unsigned drawing in ink and watercolor of the design for the tomb in Act II.

Biographical / Historical

Berman was a Russian painter and designer.

Physical Location


Immediate Source of Acquisition

64M-184. Purchased with the F.E. Chase fund from Mr. Eugene Berman, Via del Plebescito 107, Rome, Italy; received: 1965 March 10.

Berman, Eugene, 1899-. Eugene Berman drawings for the ballet Giselle, 1946: Guide.
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