GEORGES WAKHEVITCH (1907-1984) Set of 7 ballet and opera costume designs

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(The Christian Soldier, The Peasant Woman, The Captive...) signed (lower right), inscription gouache, graphite on paper circa 41.5 x 28.5 cm (each) Georges Wakhevitch was a French stage designer, painter, theater and film designer. He was born in Odessa, and in 1921 he emigrated with his family to France. He graduated from the National School of Decorative Arts in Paris. In 1924, at the age of seventeen, he exhibited for the first time at the Autumn Salon. Since 1924 he worked at film studios and created costumes and decorations for more than 150 films of famous film directors; in 1927 he started his career as a theater designer, and later, participated in the creation of ballet performances. Wakhevitch’s sketches are notable for their sharp, nuanced drawing, contrasting and saturated colors, giving rise to a special, characteristic for him, expression. Provenance: Private collection, acquired from the artist by a relative of the present owner