Petrouchka (étude), 1944 Gouache on paper 22,5 x 29 cm
In 1944, Théodore created the set and costumes for Petrushka, composed by his father and played at the Zurich Stadttheater. This ballet, put on in 1911, in Paris (with Nijinski in the title role), tells the story of a Shrovetide fair and three puppets. The set, created by Théodore 30 years later, shows a fete in a village square, on the outskirts of a town. Not so much a trompe l’oeil as a trompe-l’esprit, an expression Strawinsky borrowed from Cocteau to refer to his stage sets.