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Born 150 years ago, on March 19, 1872, Serge de Diaghilev was one of the most important promoters of Russian art abroad. In 1909, he revolutionized the world of dance with the first performances of the Ballets Russes at the Théâtre du Châtelet in Paris, which combined vitality, grace, originality and virtuosity. Diaghilev's masterful productions confronted the greatest dancers, choreographers, artists and composers such as Nijinski, Pavlova, Fokine, Massine, Debussy, Stravinsky, Prokofiev, Bakst, and Picasso to name but a few. From 1911, his company performed regularly in Monte-Carlo and certainly contributed to its artistic influence. Diaghilev brought modernity, experimenting with new styles of movement, themes and settings. Some of these most striking creations, such as The Afternoon of a Faun (1912) and The Rite of Spring (1913), caused a scandal at the first performance.

  • Design: Gueorgui CHICHKINE
  • Line-engraving: Pierre ALBUISSON
  • Printing process: 3 colours steel-engraving 
  • Size of the stamp: 40 x 31,77 mm horizontal
  • Quantity of issue: 40 000 stamps
  • Sheet of 10 stamps with illuminations

Part Second part
Year 2022
Design Gueorgui CHICHKINE
Line-engraving Pierre ALBUISSON
Printing process 3 colours steel-engraving
Issue date 9 May 2022
Size of the stamp 40 x 31,77 mm horizontal
Quantity of issue 40 000 stamps
Note Sheet of 10 stamps with illuminations