©Salvador Dali - Decor for 'Romeo et Juliet' 1942

Decor for 'Romeo et Juliet' 1942
Decor for 'Romeo et Juliet'
Gala-Salvador Dali Foundation, Figueras, Spain

« previous picture | 1940s Paintings | next picture »

From Christie's:
In April 1942, Massine tapped Dalí once again to provide set designs for his next ballet, Mysteria, set in Renaissance Spain. A helmeted horseman wielding a lance and rearing up on his mount--recalling paintings of Saint George slaying the dragon by Raphael, Rubens and Delacroix--features prominently on the right side of an oil painting that Dalí executed and dated 1942 in preparation for this project. Plans for the ballet came to naught, however, when Massine had a falling out with the chief administrator of the Ballet Russe--he quit the company and moved on to the newly reorganized Ballet Theater of New York. Later that year, Antony Tudor, a British choreogapher who had recently joined the same troupe, chose Dalí to design costumes and sets for his new production of Romeo and Juliet, the only ballet version of Shakespeare's play to be set in one act, to the music of the British composer Frederick Delius, from his opera A Village Romeo and Juliet and other scores. Tudor recalled, "I originally wanted sets and costumes by Salvador Dalí because I had conceived the décor in terms of Fra Angelico and Dalí handles those notions very well"