Costume sketch for the street dancer from the ballet Petrushka by Igor Stravinsky (1911). Alexander Benois (Russian, 1870-1960). Watercolour, pencil and silverpaint on paper.
Benois began his career at the Mariinsky Theatre as a scenic designer, and quickly expanded his role to be at the forefront of ballet set and costume design. His most famous production was Petrushka, in 1911, a production in which he also co-wrote the libretto with composer Igor Stravinsky.