Drawing the Curtain: Maurice Sendak's Designs for Opera and Ballet - the exhibition catalogue from The Morgan Library and Museum available to buy at Museum Bookstore

Drawing the Curtain: Maurice Sendak's Designs for Opera and Ballet

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'a real joy to pore over' - ImageFX

A handsome book showcasing Maurice Sendak's set designs for operas and ballets

Maurice Sendak is well-known for his acclaimed children's books, but he was also an avid opera lover and designed a number of sets for opera and ballet productions, among them Mozart's The Magic Flute, Janacek's The Cunning Little Vixen, Prokofiev's The Love for Three Oranges, Tchaikovsky's The Nutcracker, and an opera by Oliver Knussen based on Where the Wild Things Are. This book brings together over one hundred and twenty-five pieces from among the more than nine hundred in the Morgan Library & Museum's collection, including preliminary sketches, final watercolours, and cardboard models.

Essays in the book discuss the importance of music to Sendak's work, his fascination with comic strips, movies, mechanical toys, and pop-up books, and the artworks that inspired his stage designs. The book reveals the full breadth of Sendak's visual work for opera and ballet and highlights his keen sense of humour, his love of art history, and his ability to tell striking stories through his art.

Details
  • Author: Rachel Federman Assistant Curator of Modern and Contemporary Drawings at the Morgan Library & Museum
  • Hardcover: 208 pages 
  • Date published: June 2019
  • Language: English
  • ISBN: 978-3791358550
  • Product Dimensions: 30.9 x 25.9 cm

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