Bomberg, David (1890-1957), 'Russian Ballet', Artist’s Book with Six Lithographs & Text, 1914-1919

'Russian Ballet', Artistís Book with Six Lithographs & Text, 1914-1919

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Printed by Bomberg and published by Hendersonís Bookshop, 66 Charing Cross Road (also known as The Bomb Shop). The proposed edition was 100. The lithographs were executed on zinc plates.

ĎRussian Balletí is the only surviving example of a Vorticist artistís book. The lithographs were based on original drawings from 1914, done at a time when Bomberg was strongly influenced by Diaghilevís designs for the Ballet Russes.

Bombergís poem celebrated the experience of watching the Ballet Russes perform:

Methodic discord startles....
Insistent snatchings drag fancy from space,
Fluttering white hands beat - compel. Reason concedes.
Impressions crowding collide with movement round us -
- the curtain falls - the created illusion escapes.
The mind clamped fast captures only a fragment, for new illusion.

Book Size 21.8 x 14 cm
Collections Tate; V & A; MOMA, NY; Yale Center for British Art; Fine Art Museums of San Francisco; Art Institute of Chicago
Literature Carey & Griffiths, ĎAvant-Garde British Printmaking 1914-1960í, British Museum Publications Ltd, 1990, cat. no. 17, pp. 42-44
Reference Tate 63