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Scène des fleurs: Mlle. Taglioni
Devéria, Achille, 1800-1857 (Artist)
Challamel, Augustin, 1818-1894 (Publisher)
Imprimerie Rigo (Printer of plates)

Prints depicting dance

Theatrical dancers, singly or in pairs

Dates / Origin
Date Issued: 1845 (Questionable)
Place: Paris
Publisher: Challamel
Library locations
Jerome Robbins Dance Division
Shelf locator: *MGZFB Tag M Omb 2
Taglioni, Marie, 1804-1884
Ombre (Choreographic work : Taglioni, F)
Statement of responsibility: Deveria del.
Statement of responsibility: Imp. Rigo.
Biographical/historical: This is a hand-colored version of a lithograph published as a plate in the Album de l'Opera, edited and published by Augustin Challamel in Paris, ca. 1845. Although most of the prints in this book illustrated brief essays about particular ballets or operas, this print accompanied a brief biography of Marie Taglioni. George Chaffee, in the article cited above, identifies it as the transformation scene from Filippo Taglioni's ballet L'ombre, first produced at Her Majesty's Theatre, London, in 1840. Chaffee further notes that this lithograph was intended as a souvenir of Taglioni's farewell performances in Paris in 1844, which included a version of this ballet, titled Le pas de l'ombre. The ballerina's bare feet in this print, however, probably stem from artistic license rather than reality.
Biographical/historical: Marie Taglioni is the ballerina most closely identified with the Romantic ballet. Dancing the title role in her father Filippo Taglioni's ballet La sylphide (1832), she ushered in a new era in ballet, in which mortal men ventured into the mysterious realm of the supernatural, embodied by beautiful and desirable but elusive young women. La sylphide had many imitators, and Filippo Taglioni saw no shame in attempting to repeat his success with L'ombre, which featured as its heroine the ghost of a woman poisoned by flowers, and her subsequent interactions with her bereaved lover. Although this print commemorates Marie Taglioni's farewell performances in Paris in 1844, she did not actually retire from the stage until 1847.
Physical Description
Extent: 22 x 29 cm.
Portrayal of the ballerina Marie Taglioni, dressed in a white Romantic tutu decorated with flowers, reclining in a landscape. A wreath of flowers is on her head, and her feet are bare. She rests her elbow on a stone pedestal, while behind her billows a draped cloth of the sort that became a pictorial convention long before the nineteenth century.
Type of Resource
Still image
NYPL catalog ID (B-number): b19606970
Universal Unique Identifier (UUID): 66da2140-18c8-0131-9440-58d385a7bbd0
Rights Statement
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Item timeline of events

  • 1800: Creator Born
  • 1845: Issued
  • 1857: Creator Died
  • 2019: Digitized
  • 2024: Found by you!
  • 2025

MLA Format

Jerome Robbins Dance Division, The New York Public Library. "Scène des fleurs" The New York Public Library Digital Collections. 1845. https://digitalcollections.nypl.org/items/64ffb990-dc7e-0132-0b6b-58d385a7bbd0

Chicago/Turabian Format

Jerome Robbins Dance Division, The New York Public Library. "Scène des fleurs" New York Public Library Digital Collections. Accessed July 15, 2024. https://digitalcollections.nypl.org/items/64ffb990-dc7e-0132-0b6b-58d385a7bbd0

APA Format

Jerome Robbins Dance Division, The New York Public Library. (1845). Scène des fleurs Retrieved from https://digitalcollections.nypl.org/items/64ffb990-dc7e-0132-0b6b-58d385a7bbd0

Wikipedia Citation

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Scène des fleurs