Pochoir, a hand stenciling technique that produces vibrant colors and bold patterns, flourished in the period of the Ballets Russes. As rare volumes and portfolios from the Tobin Collection reveal, pochoir became the printmaking medium of choice for publishing Diaghilev’s ballets and publicizing the fashions they inspired.
Bakst’s harem pants and turbans for Schéhérazade, for example, made their way from the stage to the salon of couturier Paul Poiret. Diaghilev’s designers created pochoir editions of their own work, inspiring generations of artists with Modern Theatrical Art and Compositions, Colors, Ideas.
This exhibition is organized by the McNay Art Museum and is a program of the Tobin Theatre Arts Fund.
Image: Georges Lepape, Serais-je en avance? (detail) from Gazette du Bon Ton, Vol. 1, no. 2, December 1913. Pochoir. Gift of Robert L. B. Tobin.