Two genius of their epoch

René Lalique was a real revolutionary of his time. He invented the new way of looking at the jewelry. His work you can’t confuse with anyone else. It assumed imprint of its creator and artistic individuality.

Art Nouveau Swan ring by René Lalique. Circa 1897-1900. Albion Art Jewellery Institute

Four swans moving gracefully in water depicted on this gold ring by René Lalique makes me think about another genius of his time — Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, in particular about his Dance of the Little Swans, a famous dance from Swan Lake Ballet.

Although brevity (it lasts only minute and forty six seconds) and technique difficulty, the dance is full of grace, elegance and expressiveness.

“Dance of the Little Swans”, photo by Valery Gende-Rote, USSR, 1961.

Little Swans. The Bolshoi Theater, 1970.

The first two ballet productions were failed.
The famous revival was created by Marious Petipa and Lev Ivanov in 1895 on the scene of the Imperial Mariinsky Theatre in St. Petersburg
In this version in the second act appeared Dance of the Little Swans.

The gold ring was created circa 1897-1900.

Despite poor initial reviews, the ballet would become one of the most popular of all time


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