Joseph Cornell

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Original Collaged Scrapbook for Tamara Toumanova

Ring binder with ten original collages

9 × 11 1/4 inches (23 × 28.5 cm)

ca. 1953

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Joseph Cornell created this scrapbook as an homage to the Russian ballet star Tamara Toumanova. Cornell was a frequent visitor to Toumanova's dressing room during the time she danced with the Metropolitan Opera House and for the George Balanchine Company. After Toumanova departed for Hollywood, she and Cornell entered into a lengthy correspondence and the artist presented Toumanova with several of his art works, one being the present album.

Created in the early 1950s , Cornell used black and white photographry of the ballerina and embellished them with fabric from her costumes as well as using feathers, tulle, rhinestones as well as other materials. These collages are housed in a ring binder that Cornell has further embellished with collages of images of flowers.

In all, Cornell constructed over twenty objects of various sorts all inspired by Toumanova and her ballet creations. There were scrapbooks, souvenir cases, classic Cornell boxes, make-up trays, decorated hand-mirrors, etc., each incorporating scenes and objects from her work in Swan Lake, The Nutcracker, and Romeo and Juliet. As Sandra Starr has pointed out, even though she was a living ballerina, as opposed to the dead ones he had previously focused on, Cornell's interest in Toumanova centered on her roles in nineteenth-century ballets and much less on the modern works in which she danced for Balanchine.

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Joseph Cornell

Untitled

Original Collaged Scrapbook for Tamara Toumanova

Ring binder with ten original collages

9 × 11 1/4 inches (23 × 28.5 cm)

ca. 1953

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Joseph Cornell created this scrapbook as an homage to the Russian ballet star Tamara Toumanova. Cornell was a frequent visitor to Toumanova's dressing room during the time she danced with the Metropolitan Opera House and for the George Balanchine Company. After Toumanova departed for Hollywood, she and Cornell entered into a lengthy correspondence and the artist presented Toumanova with several of his art works, one being the present album.

Created in the early 1950s , Cornell used black and white photographry of the ballerina and embellished them with fabric from her costumes as well as using feathers, tulle, rhinestones as well as other materials. These collages are housed in a ring binder that Cornell has further embellished with collages of images of flowers.

In all, Cornell constructed over twenty objects of various sorts all inspired by Toumanova and her ballet creations. There were scrapbooks, souvenir cases, classic Cornell boxes, make-up trays, decorated hand-mirrors, etc., each incorporating scenes and objects from her work in Swan Lake, The Nutcracker, and Romeo and Juliet. As Sandra Starr has pointed out, even though she was a living ballerina, as opposed to the dead ones he had previously focused on, Cornell's interest in Toumanova centered on her roles in nineteenth-century ballets and much less on the modern works in which she danced for Balanchine.

Not available for purchase online, please contact the Shop to arrange for purchase.

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