Danilova, Alexandra. (1903–1997) [Platt Lynes, George. (1907–1955)]
Signed Platt Lynes Photograph
A striking original photograph, signed by the great Russian dancer "To dear Frances / with my admiration and love / Choura." In very fine condition. Stamped by the photographer George Platt Lynes on the verso and also with a slightly larger protective sleeve also with his printed name. 9 1/2" x 7 3/4".
One of the most popular dancers of her time, Danilova was a star at St. Petersburg's Imperial Ballet, with the Ballets Russes under Sergei Diaghilev, and then with the Ballets Russes de Monto Carlo after Diaghilev's death. One of the greatest dancers of her time, she created numerous important Balanchine roles and was an important teacher at the School of American Ballet.
George Platt Lynes was very famous as a fashion photographer in the 1930's and 1940's, working for magazines such as Vogue and Harper's Bazaar. In 1935, George Balanchine and Lincoln Kirstein commissioned him to photograph their Ballet Caravan ballets and dancers. Platt Lynes continued to photograph ballet until his death in 1955.