Small sculptures and statuettes in Art Deco style from the collections of Sergey Morozov and Yevgeny Gerasimov are showcased at an exhibition in the Hermitage.
Most of the 56 works of art made in the 1920-30s in France, Germany, Austria and other countries exhibited have to do with theatre. Diaghilev’s Russian Seasons in Paris and London inspired sculptors to make statuettes for ballet dancers and opera singers.
Sergey Morozov, art collector, tells: ‘Art Deco is not only about theatre, there are nature-inspired and geography-related subjects, sports subjects. We wanted to demonstrate different trends in the Art Deco sculpture.’
Yelena Karchyova, senior researcher of the West European art, explains: ‘This technique combines two different materials, ivory and bronze. The figure was usually cast in bronze, and parts of the body that were not covered with clothes were made of ivory.’
The pedestal was usually made of marble or onyx.
The exhibition will be open till mid-January.
Photo and video: St. Petersburg TV channel