20 Sep Lévy-Dhurmer’s Après-midi d’une faune
At Frieze Masters (3-7 October), Stair Sainty are delighted to be presenting Lucien Levy-Dhurmer’s Après-midi d’une faune.
When Vaslav Nijinsky’s faun arose from the stage of the Théatre du Châtelet on 29 May 1912 in Debussy’s Après-midi d’une faune, he revolutionised the world of dance. Debussy’s avant garde prelude, based on Stéphane Merimée’s poem of the same title, was familiar to Lucien Lévy-Dhurmer, an artist closely associated with contemporary musical and literary themes. His circle of friends not only included Debussy, but the novelist Pierre Loti, the Belgian symbolist poet Georges Rodenbach (both of whom he painted) and the English Sapphic poet, Renée Vivien (born Pauline Tarn) whose poems he illustrated. It is unclear whether our painting (the artist also made a pastel variant) dates from before or after Nijinsky’s performance, but in its portrayal of the setting it would seem to anticipate rather than follow the ballet.
Click here for a clip of the ballet – (this link will take you to YouTube.com and Stair Sainty Gallery are in no way responsible for the link or content)