1. V&A Shop
  2. Books
  3. Shop all books
  4. Diaghilev and the Golden Age of the Ballets Russes 1909 - 1929

Diaghilev and the Golden Age of the Ballets Russes 1909 - 1929


Only 4 available

Free UK delivery on orders £35 + over

‘A sumptuous illustrated catalog.’ Suzy Menkes, International Herald Tribune

Serge Diaghilev (1872–1929) was an extraordinarily gifted impresario, curator, director and animator of the arts. He was perfectly at home driving the wave of creative energy that pushed theatrical performance to the cutting edge of cultural activity in the early twentieth century.

A roll call of the Ballets Russes’ collaborators and circle bears witness to their impact on modernism and later twentieth-century art; Picasso, Stravinsky, Nijinsky, Bakst, Goncharova, Matisse, Chanel, Prokofiev, Man Ray and Cocteau all worked with Diaghilev – and their work is discussed and illustrated here.

This beautiful book draws on new research to explore Diaghilev’s life, work and cultural milieu. It pulls together the music, pictures, costumes, archives and art of the Ballets Russes to illustrate Diaghilev’s working process, accomplishments and society.


Jane Pritchard


240 pages


24.1 x 1.9 x 30.5 cm



Product code



  • UK standard delivery £5 (FREE on orders £35 and over*)
  • Europe standard delivery £20
  • Rest of the world standard delivery £30

*UK only. Excludes custom prints. Does not apply to exhibition tickets, events, courses and Memberships.

Find out more about delivery.


If you are not completely satisfied with your purchase, most items are eligible for a full refund when returned within 28 days.
Find out more about returns and exceptions that apply.
About the editor

Jane Pritchard

Jane Pritchard is Curator of Dance for the Theatre & Performance Collections at the V&A. She has written extensively on dance history and has served as company archivist for Rambert Dance Company, English National Ballet and the Contemporary Dance Trust.