The Rolf de Maré Collection
Rolf de Maré (1888-1964), the creator and artistic director of the Ballets Suèdois, was introduced to the French art scene by his close friend, the artist Nils Dardel. Dardel was a personal friend of artists such as Fernand Léger and George Braque, and also with the art dealers Alfred Flechtheim and Wilhelm Udhe. Over the years, Rolf de Maré built a valuable collection of modern art, especially cubist works, with Dardel as his advisor and buyer. In 1950, Rolf de Maré donated Pablo Picasso’s Mandolin Player to Moderna Museet. In 1966, he bequeathed further works to the Museum, including Marie Laurencin’s Les Jeunes Filles (1912), which was the first work Dardel acquired on Maré’s behalf, followed by George Braque’s Still-Life with Fruit Bowl (1909) and Fernand Léger’s Staircase. The donation also included works by Rolf de Maré’s mother, Ellen Roosval (née von Hallwyl).
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Nils Dardel
1888 - 1943
France, Born Sweden Jean Börlin i Siamesisk Dans, 1919
Jean Börlin in Siamese Dance
Olja på duk
116 x 82 cm
Donation 1951 from Rolf de Maré
NM 4873 This artwork is not on display
- About the work
Nils von Dardel not only introduced Rolf de Maré, founder of Les Ballets Suédois in Paris, to Jean Börlin in the 1910s, but also designed the stage sets for one of Börlin's dance soirées in 1918. In this painting Dardel combines his fascination for Siam and Eastern art with Russian ballet, which Börlin had studied under the choreographer Michel Fokine. In the painting, Dardel has captured Börlin in a pose from Siamese Dance, also known as the Heavenly Dance. He contrasts the premiere dancer Börlin in his golden costume against sky-blue - the Buddha figures floating on little clouds in the background enhance the dancer's body control.
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