Lifar, Serge. (1905-1986)
"Du Temps que J'avais Faim," Inscribed to Raymond Bayer
Paris: Librairie Stock. 1935.
8vo. 244 pp. Softcover volume, boldly signed and inscribed on the title page: "A Raymond Bayer, Son ami Serge Lifar. Paris 1938." Spine quite worn but covers holding fine and overall in very good condition.
Born in 1905, Russian-born, Serge Lifar was introduced to dance in 1920 by Bronislava Nijinska, under whom he began to study. Brought to France to join Sergei Diaghilev’s Ballets Russes, Lifar studied with Cecchetti and became premier danseur of the company and created the title roles in a number of George Balanchine’s early ballets, including The Prodigal Son. He later became director of the Paris Opera Ballet (1929) and there created over 50 ballets, including the path-breaking Icare (1935), which was written to be danced without music.
Raymond Bayer (1898 - 1960) was an important French philosopher who wrote influential essays on grace and aesthetics including the "Histoire de l'esthétique" and who founded in 1947 the "Revue d'esthétique."