The subject depicted is the Dance of the Polovtsian Warriors from Fokine’s ballet from the celebrated Polovtsian Dances in Borodin’s opera Prince Igor. It was produced by Diaghilev’s Ballet Russes in 1909. White’s interpretations of scenes from the Ballet Russes first appeared in Cyril Beaumont’s Impressions of the Russian Ballet in 1920. For both these booklets and the series of related prints Beaumont employed a number of the leading artist designers of the day including White, Adrian Allinson and Randolph Schwabe.
Exhibited: the Fine Art Society, London, Ethelbert White (1891-1972), A Memorial Exhibition, 1979, no.22 (incorrectly identified as a scene from “The Rite of Spring”)