E. O. Hoppé and Bert, Studies from the Russian Ballet, 1913

Portfolio front

Portfolio front

 

German born photographer E. O. Hoppé moved to London in 1902 at the age of 24 to work for the Deutsche Bank. He was elected member of the Royal Photographic Society in 1903 and became one of the most important portrait and documentary photographers of his time. E. O. Hoppé spent most of his life in England or travelling the rest of the world on assignments. Studies from the Russian Ballet is the photographer’s first major publication. At a time when ballet was highly popular he photographed most of the leading members of Serge Diaghilev’s Russian Ballet in London. Thirteen of these works are included in the portfolio published by the Fine Art Society London in 1913. Plate eight shows Vaslav Nijinsky in the costume of le Spectre de la Rose taken in 1911, and on plate fifteen we see him in the costume of Scheherazade, taken in 1910. Both photographs of Nijinsky are taken by Auguste Bert credited as BERT. on the title sheet. Nijinsky did not pose for E. O. Hoppé until immediately after his last performance of Le Spectre de la Rose in 1914. Nijinsky was the Russian Ballet’s leading star, so presumably the fact the E. O. Hoppé had no photographs of him at the time of the portfolio’s publication is the reason for the veiled inclusion of Auguste Bert.

Due to the fragile nature of a portfolio, and the material used, this is one of the rarest and most delicate volumes to collect. The plates are made of heavy card with mounted rotogravures.
A title sheet and separate index sheet complete the portfolio.

E. O. Hoppé Estate Collection: www.eohoppe.com

Portfolio with 15 rotogravures, 1 title sheet and 1 index sheet

Portfolio app. 26.6 x 38cm

Sheets app. 23.9 x 35.5cm

Images app. 15 x 20cm

 

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Title and index sheet

Title and index sheet

 

Plate 01, E.O. Hoppe, Tamara Karsavina in the Firebird (Madame Thamar Karasavina, L'Oiseau de Feu), 1911, image size 19.4 x 10.8 cm paper size 20.4 x 11.6 cm

Plate 01, Tamara Karsavina in the Firebird (Madame Thamar Karasavina, L’Oiseau de Feu), photographed by E.O. Hoppé 1911, image size 19.4 x 10.8 cm paper size 20.4 x 11.6 cm

 

Plate 02, E.O. Hoppe Tamara Karsavina in the Firebird (Madame Thamar Karasavina, L'Oiseau de Feu), 1911, image size 17.2 x 14.6 cm paper size 18.3 x 15.4 cm

Plate 02, Tamara Karsavina in the Firebird (Madame Thamar Karasavina, L’Oiseau de Feu), photographed by E.O. Hoppé 1911, image size 17.2 x 14.6 cm paper size 18.3 x 15.4 cm

 

Plate 03, E.O. Hoppe Tamara Karsavina and Adolf Bolm in the Firebird (Madame Thamar Karasavina and M. Adolph Bolm, L'Oiseau de Feu), 1911, image size 19.3 x 14.5 cm paper size 20.5 x 15.4 cm

Plate 03, Tamara Karsavina and Adolf Bolm in the Firebird (Madame Thamar Karasavina and M. Adolph Bolm, L’Oiseau de Feu), photographed by E.O. Hoppé 1911, image size 19.3 x 14.5 cm paper size 20.5 x 15.4 cm

 

Plate 04, E.O. Hoppe Adolf Bolm in the Firebird (Monsieur Adolph Bolm, L'Oiseau de Feu), 1911, image size 19.3 x 14.6 cm paper size 20.3 x 15.4 cm

Plate 04, Adolf Bolm in the Firebird (Monsieur Adolph Bolm, L’Oiseau de Feu), photographed by E.O. Hoppé 1911, image size 19.3 x 14.6 cm paper size 20.3 x 15.4 cm

 

Plate 05, E.O. Hoppe Adolf Bolm in Thamar (Monsieur Adolph Bolm, Thamar), 1912, image size 19.4 x 14.6 cm paper size 20.4 x 15.5 cm

Plate 05, Adolf Bolm in Thamar (Monsieur Adolph Bolm, Thamar), photographed by E.O. Hoppé 1912, image size 19.4 x 14.6 cm paper size 20.4 x 15.5 cm

 

Plate 06, E.O. Hoppe Adolf Bolm and Tamara Karsavina in Thamar (Madame Thamar Karasavina and M. Adolph Bolm, Thamar), 1912, image size 19.3 x 14.5 cm paper size 20.3 x 15.3 cm

Plate 06, Adolf Bolm and Tamara Karsavina in Thamar (Madame Thamar Karasavina and M. Adolph Bolm, Thamar), photographed by E.O. Hoppé 1912, image size 19.3 x 14.5 cm paper size 20.3 x 15.3 cm

 

Plate 07, E.O. Hoppe Tamara Karsavina in Le Spectre de la Rose (Madame Thamar Karasavina, Le Spectre de la Rose), 1911, image size 19.3 x 13.8 cm paper size 20.4 x 14.6 cm

Plate 07, Tamara Karsavina in Le Spectre de la Rose (Madame Thamar Karasavina, Le Spectre de la Rose), photographed by E.O. Hoppé 1911, image size 19.3 x 13.8 cm paper size 20.4 x 14.6 cm

 

Plate 08, Auguste Bert, Studies from the Russian Ballet London Fine Art Society 1913, image size 19.4 x 12.9 cm paper size 20.4 x 13.7 cm

Plate 08, Vaslav Nijinsky in Le Spectre de la Rose (M. Nijinsky, Le Spectre de la Rose), photographed by Auguste Bert 1913, image size 19.4 x 12.9 cm paper size 20.4 x 13.7 cm

 

Plate 09, E.O. Hoppe Tamara Karsavina and Adolf Bolm in Le Pavillon d'Armide (Madame Thamar Karasavina and M. Adolph Bolm, Le Pavillion d'Armide), 1911, image size 19 x 14.5 cm paper size 20.2 x 15.2 cm

Plate 09, Tamara Karsavina and Adolf Bolm in Le Pavillon d’Armide (Madame Thamar Karasavina and M. Adolph Bolm, Le Pavillion d’Armide), photographed by E.O. Hoppé 1911, image size 19 x 14.5 cm paper size 20.2 x 15.2 cm

 

Plate 10, E.O. Hoppe Tamara Karsavina in Le Pavillon d'Armide (Madama Thamar Karasavina, Le Pavillion d'Armide), 1911, image size 18.9 x 14.6 cm paper size; 20.4 x 15.3 cm

Plate 10, Tamara Karsavina in Le Pavillon d’Armide (Madama Thamar Karasavina, Le Pavillion d’Armide), photographed by E.O. Hoppé 1911, image size 18.9 x 14.6 cm paper size; 20.4 x 15.3 cm

 

Plate 11. E.O. Hoppe Adolf Bolm in Le Carnaval (Monsieur Adolphf Bolm, Le Carnaval), 1910, image size 19.3 x 14 cm paper size 20.3 x 14.7 cm

Plate 11. Adolf Bolm in Le Carnaval (Monsieur Adolphf Bolm, Le Carnaval), photographed by E.O. Hoppé 1910, image size 19.3 x 14 cm paper size 20.3 x 14.7 cm

 

Plate 12, E.O. Hoppe Sofia Fedorova in Prince Igor (Madame Fedorova, Prince Igor), 1911, image size 19.3 x 14.5 cm paper size 20.2 x 15.4 cm

Plate 12, Sofia Fedorova in Prince Igor (Madame Fedorova, Prince Igor), photographed by E.O. Hoppé 1911, image size 19.3 x 14.5 cm paper size 20.2 x 15.4 cm

 

Plate 13, E.O. Hoppe Adolf Bolm in Price Igor (Monsieur Adolph Bolm, Prince Igor), 1911, image size 19.1 x 14.6 cm paper size 20.4 x 15.3 cm

Plate 13, Adolf Bolm in Price Igor (Monsieur Adolph Bolm, Prince Igor), photographed by E.O. Hoppé 1911, image size 19.1 x 14.6 cm paper size 20.4 x 15.3 cm

 

Plate 14, E.O. Hoppe Sofia Fedorova in Cleopatra (Madame Fedorova, Cleopatra), 1911, image size 19.3 x 13.1 cm paper size 20.4 x 14.3 cm

Plate 14, Sofia Fedorova in Cleopatra (Madame Fedorova, Cleopatra), photographed by E.O. Hoppé 1911, image size 19.3 x 13.1 cm paper size 20.4 x 14.3 cm

 

Plate 15, Auguste Bert Scheherazade M. Nijinsky 1910 Studies from the Russian Ballet London Fine Art Society 1913, image size 19.4 x 13.4 cm paper size 20.4 x 14.2 cm

Plate 15, Vaslav Nijinsky in Scheherazade (M. Nijinsky, Sheherazade), photographed by Auguste Bert 1913, image size 19.4 x 13.4 cm paper size 20.4 x 14.2 cm

 

 

 

See other books by E. O. Hoppé:

E. O. Hoppé & J. D. Bersesford, Taken from Life, 1922

Taken from Life, 1922

Schöne Frauen, 1922

Schöne Frauen, 1922

Deutsche Arbeit

Deutsche Arbeit