Petrushka’s room - Alexander Nikolaevich Benois. 49 x 67 cm
Everyone knows about the famous Russian ballet seasons that took place in Europe at the beginning of the 20th century, under the leadership of Sergei Pavlovich Diaghilev. And it is not surprising that he, as an experienced organizer, attracted the most talented helpers, including, of course, Alexander Benois. After all, his artistic work is inextricably linked with the theater and ballet.
So, in the ballet "Petrushka", Alexander Nikolaevich took part in the creation of theatrical scenery, as well as costumes and even in writing the libretto. According to his sketch, executed on paper in pencil, the room of Petrushka was executed in the scenery of the ballet.
The viewer sees Scene II from the ballet “Parsley”. The main background of the scenery is quite simple, but very spectacular - a black starry sky, a portrait of a stargazer, doors with the image of the devil.
Why did Alexander Benois see this way of Petrushka’s room? After all, Parsley is a popular favorite, a joker, a brisk and cheerful character from the street. It would seem that bright, red, rainbow colors would emphasize its mocking and perky character.
But the ingenious music of Stravinsky is structured in such a way that during the action, the plot is dramatized. In the first and fourth scenes - cheerful and vibrant masquerade festivities at Shrovetide, and in the middle - the soul and tragedy of dolls.
The artist Benoit believes that only here in this room is Parsley a dreamer and a rebel, and not a character of folk joke and humor. Only here can he express all the drama and tragedy of his fate, his unrequited love for the Ballerina and a premonition of future death.
Alexander Nikolaevich perfectly understands the essence of the character and the dark room becomes harmonious, and it becomes clear to the viewer that precisely such decorations should surround this hero. Benoit also made sketches of the Parsley room for ballets, which were staged in 1917 and in 1918. They are not much different from the original version.