An original photo-montage created by Comte Etienne de Beaumont. Etienne de BEAUMONT.
An original photo-montage created by Comte Etienne de Beaumont
An original photo-montage created by Comte Etienne de Beaumont

An original photo-montage created by Comte Etienne de Beaumont

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An original photo-montage created by Comte Etienne de Beaumont memorializing a party given by Lady Deterding at the Palace Hotel in St. Moritz. Present at the gathering and memorialized in the montage are Greta Garbo, Etienne de Beaumont, Mimi Pecci-Blunt, Madame Visconti, G. Ortiz Patino, N de Gunsburg, B. de Broglie, Carlos de Beistegui and many others.
Lady Lydia Pavlovna Koudeyaroff Deterding was a wealthy heiress who spent most of her time buying jewelry and holding such soirees with the jet set of the day. Although undated, this work appears to date to the 1920s and bears an inscription on the verso in the hand of de Beaumont, indicating some of those present. The numerous photographs were each excised from larger images and laid onto a larger photograph of snow capped mountains in the distance. The image is 14.5" x 11.5" and is framed and matted (19" x 22.5"). On the (separately mounted) verso are several holograph inscriptions: "St. Moritz, fete donee par Lady Deterding; Greta Garbo, E. de Beaumont, G. Ortiz (?), N de Gainsbourg (?), Duke de Valembrose (?); C de Broglie, Mimi Percy Blount (?), Madam Visconti et Nadina Graherne (Visconti).....Collage de Comte Etienne de Beaumont offert par Merin de Beaumont...."
An original photo-montage created by Comte Etienne de Beaumont memorializing a party given by Lady Deterding at the Palace Hotel in St. Moritz. Present at the gathering and memorialized in the montage are Greta Garbo, Etienne de Beaumont, Mimi Pecci-Blunt, Madame Visconti, G. Ortiz Patino, N de Gunsburg, B. de Broglie, Carlos de Beistegui and many others.
Lady Lydia Pavlovna Koudeyaroff Deterding was a wealthy heiress who spent most of her time buying jewelry and holding such soirees with the jet set of the day. Although undated, this work appears to date to the 1920s and bears an inscription on the verso in the hand of de Beaumont, indicating some of those present. The numerous photographs were each excised from larger images and laid onto a larger photograph of snow capped mountains in the distance. The image is 14.5" x 11.5" and is framed and matted (19" x 22.5"). On the (separately mounted) verso are several holograph inscriptions: "St. Moritz, fete donee par Lady Deterding; Greta Garbo, E. de Beaumont, G. Ortiz (?), N de Gainsbourg (?), Duke de Valembrose (?); C de Broglie, Mimi Percy Blount (?), Madam Visconti et Nadina Graherne (Visconti).....Collage de Comte Etienne de Beaumont offert par Merin de Beaumont...."

Comte Etienne de Beaumont (1883-1956), a leading figure in Parisian society, was famous for his elaborate and extravagant parties and masquerade balls. He hired many of the leading avant-garde artists to decorate his apartment and garden for these events, and designed many of the masquerade outfits himself. Entrances were orchestrated and music and dances were composed and choreographed specifically for each evening.

Beaumont was a generous patron and passionate about the arts. In 1918, he staged Paris’s first jazz performances using black American soldiers. In 1920, he assisted Jean Cocteau to stage Le Boeuf sur le toit, a theatrical event that incorporated circus elements. Before the First World War Beaumont and his wife Edith financed avant-garde films and ballets and later founded L’Association Franco-Américaine. In 1924, the writer Raymond Radiguet based the main character in his second novel, Le Bal du Comte d’Orgel (The ball of the Count d’Orgel), on Beaumont.

With the assistance of Cocteau and Léonide Massine, Beaumont presented the Soirées de Paris at the Théâtre de la Cigale in Montmartre, Paris. The season, from 17 May to 30 June 1924, combined ballet performances with poetry and theatre. Beaumont designed for one of these ballets, Le Beau Danube. Following this Beaumont went on to produce designs for Colonel de Basil’s ballet productions Scuola di Ballo (1934) and Les Imaginaires (1934), and for the re-staging of Le Beau Danube in 1940.

Price: $1,400.00

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