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"Dance Moderne," Dramatic Depiction of Dance in Art Deco Setting by Dukelsky

US$3,750

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This dance fantasy, depicted a modern dancer in a Moderne world, complete with a saucer-shaped building at the floor of the scene and a Cascade of bubbles rising up, was painted in gouache by one of the greatest figures in American theatre and music. Although Alexis Dukelsky (better known by his pen name, Vernon Duke, in America) is famous for writing a series of hit songs, such as "April in Paris" and "Taking a Chance on Love", he was accomplished and cosmopolitan in many different arenas, as this painting attests. Born in present day Belarus, reputedly of noble lineage, Dukelsky studied in Kiev, fled the Russian Empire during the Revolution, after a stay in Constantinople, immigrated to America in 1921. He was befriended by George Gershwin and wrote his first songs in the early 1920s, but continued to compose classical music and write Russian poetry. He spent years in Paris, wrote a ballet, Zephyr and Flora for Diaghilev's Ballet Russes and returned to America, where he wrote symphonies, an oratorio and music for Broadway, including "Cabin in the Sky." As this painting demonstrates, he was also a talented artist. (Dimensions include matte and frame).

Details

  • Creator
    Alexis Dukelsky (Painter)
  • Dimensions
    Height: 7 in. (17.78 cm)Width: 8.5 in. (21.59 cm)Depth: 1 in. (2.54 cm)
  • Style
    Art Deco (Of the Period)
  • Place of Origin
  • Period
  • Date of Manufacture
    circa 1940s
  • Condition
  • Seller Location
    Philadelphia, PA
  • Reference Number
    1stDibs: LU86517649233

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    Ships From: Philadelphia, PA
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