Partial head-and-shoulders portrait of the noted Russian-born American conductor, signed "Soudeikine" and dated "1922" in pencil at lower right. Alexander SMALLENS, Serge Soudeikine.

Partial head-and-shoulders portrait of the noted Russian-born American conductor, signed "Soudeikine" and dated "1922" in pencil at lower right.

In conté crayon. Image size ca. 16.5" x 5.5", overall size ca. 20" x 14"

Smallens (December 20, 1888/January 1, 1889 - 1972 ), noted Russian-born American conductor, "studied at the New York Institute of Musical Art and, from 1909, at the Paris Conservatoire, returning to the USA as assistant conductor of the Boston Opera, 1911–14. After two years as conductor of Pavlova’s touring company, including a South American tour, he returned to become conductor of the Chicago Opera, 1919–23... His Chicago association began when he replaced Hasselmans as conductor for the première of De Koven’s Rip Van Winkle, and he also gave the première of Prokofiev’s The Love for Three Oranges at Chicago in 1921. He was musical director of the Philadelphia Civic Opera, 1924–31, where he gave the American premières of Strauss’s Feuersnot in 1927 and Ariadne auf Naxos in 1928, and was also assistant conductor of the Philadelphia Orchestra, 1927–34. Later he moved towards a lighter repertory, conducting the première of Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess at Boston in 1935..." Bernard Jacobson in Grove Music Online.

Sergey Yurievich Sudeikin (also known as Serge Soudeikine) was a Russian artist and set-designer closely associated with both the Ballets Russes and the Metropolitan Opera; he also designed the sets for the original Theatre Guild production of Porgy and Bess that first opened on Broadway at the Alvin Theatre in New York City on October 10, 1935.

"Having been banned from the Moscow School of Painting, Sculpture and Architecture for his "obscene drawings", Sudeikin joined the Mir Iskusstva movement. His close friends included the poet Mikhail Kuzmin and the impresario Serge Diaghilev, at whose invitation he came to Paris in 1906 for the Salon d'Automne Exhibition, where his work was first shown abroad. In 1907-1918, he was married to actress Olga Glebova (1885–1945), one of the famed beauties of St Petersburg and the closest friend of Anna Akhmatova. Glebova-Sudeikina is the principal character and addressee of Akhmatova's longest work, The Poem Without Hero (1940–65)."

"Sudeikin designed the sets and costumes for Diaghilev's production of La tragédie de Salomé by Florent Schmitt in 1913, and assisted in the execution of Nicholas Roerich's designs for Stravinsky's The Rite of Spring the same year. By the time of the October Revolution Sudeikin was among the foremost theatrical designers in Russia. In 1913 he had eloped to Paris with the dancer Vera de Bosset, whom he subsequently married, and who in the 1920s left him to become the mistress and ultimately second wife of Stravinsky." Wikipedia. Item #30414

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