[Ballets Russes] Nijinsky, Waslaw. (1889-1950) [Adolph de Meyer. (1868 - 1949)]
An exceptionally rare signed mounted halftone photograph of the dancer shown as a Harlequin in the 1910 Fokine Ballets Russes production of 'Carnaval,' music by Robert Schumann and sets by Leon Bakst. Mounted to a cardstock sheet measuring 18 x 26.5 cm, the image is identified lower left in type "Bon De Meyer - Londres" and has been signed by the dancer in ink with his name alone at the right "W. Nijinsky." In fine condition.
At the time of his celebrated 1910 photographs of Nijinsky, De Meyer was at the height of his talent, flourishing in the pursuit of a painterly style that sought to elevate the practice of photography to a high status alongside the arts in other, traditional media. He had come under the inspiring influence of Alfred Stieglitz and his Secessionist contemporaries, all the while developing skills that became the foundation for his very considerable success as the foremost magazine photographer of fashion and high style.