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David Jackson - Signed Contemporary Oil, Ballerina Performing as Giselle

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A charming depiction of a ballerina en pointe, performing as Giselle in the two part ballet Giselle. Giselle is a romantic ballet in two acts. It was first performed by the Ballet du Théâtre de l'Académie Royale de Musique at the Salle Le Peletier in Paris, France. Giselle is cast in an ethereal light as her character was raised from the dead to lure her lover to his death. Well presented in a modern gilt frame. Signed. On canvas board.


In fine condition. Inspection under UV light reveals no restoration. Frame has some minor losses and wear to the edges.


51.1 x 41.3cm (20.1" x 16.3")
Framed Size: 58.8 x 47.7cm (23.1" x 18.8")

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The prolific opera and ballet composer Adolphe Adam composed the music. Jean Coralli and Jules Perrot created the choreography. The role of Giselle was intended for Carlotta Grisi as her debut piece for the Paris public. She became the first to dance the role and was the only ballerina to dance it at the Opéra for many years.

The ballet is about a peasant girl named Giselle, who dies of a broken heart after discovering her lover is betrothed to another. The Wilis, a group of mystic and supernatural women who dance men to death, summon Giselle from her grave. They target her lover for death, but Giselle's great love frees him from their grasp. The Wilis are particularly haunting characters. They are the spirits of virgin girls who died before they married. These creatures were very popular in Romantic era ballets. Led by Myrtha, the Queen of the Wilis, they gain their power in numbers as they effortlessly move through dramatic patterns and synchronized movements, and control the stage with their long tulle dresses and stoic expressions. Although still appearing ethereal, watching the Wilis sweep the stage creates an eerie mood that builds as the ballet continues and they enclose on Albrecht. They are ruthless and hateful of men because they have all died of a broken heart. Giselle finds forgiveness in her heart for Albrecht, but she knows the Wilis will not do the same. Their goal is clear and they are relentless on their quest. The Wilis are one of the most iconic characters in Giselle. They leave an imprint in the viewers mind as they dominate the second act.

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Code kj070
Artist David Jackson
Date Contemporary
Dimensions 51.1 x 41.3cm
Medium Oil
Style Realism
Subject Portrait
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