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Diaghilev, Serge (de)

Melissa McQuillan

in Oxford Art Online

ISBN: 9780199574193
Published online January 2003 | e-ISBN: 9781884446054 | DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.1093/gao/9781884446054.article.T022590
Diaghilev, Serge (de)

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[Dyagilev, Sergey(Pavlovich)]

(b Grusino estate, Novgorod Province, March 19, 1872; d Venice, Aug 19, 1929).

Russian collector, patron and impresario. He is best known as the director of the Ballets Russes. He arrived in St Petersburg in 1890 to study law, at the same time taking music lessons from Nikolay Rimsky-Korsakov; he became involved with the Nevsky Pickwickians, a circle of young musicians, writers and artists including Alexandre Benois, Léon Bakst, Konstantin Somov and Yevgeny Lansere, who later became known under the name World of Art (Mir Iskusstva). Diaghilev edited the group’s periodical Mir Iskusstva from its first edition in November (October) 1898 (dated January 1899) to its last, in December 1904.

Diaghilev organized eleven exhibitions between 1897 and 1906, six under the auspices of the World of Art; these introduced western European artists to Russia (e.g. Monet, Renoir, Gustave Moreau, Puvis de Chavannes, Whistler and Frank Brangwyn). He wrote a monograph on Dmitry Levitsky and began one on Vladimir Borovikovsky, tracking down many works subsequently lost in the Revolution of ...

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Subjects: Exhibition Catalogues and Specific Collections ; 19th-Century Art ; 20th-Century Art

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