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Yousuf Karsh
Canadian, born Armenia, 1908–2002

Rudolph Nureyev


Object Type: Photograph
12 7/8 in. x 16 in. (32.7 cm x 40.64 cm)
Medium and Support: Gelatin silver print on paper
Accession Number: 1996.0005.0007

Credit Line: Gifted to the Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts by the artist in honor of Museum Director, Mark M. Johnson
Copyright: © Estate of Yousuf Karsh

Rudolf Nureyev (1938–1993) In 1958 Nureyev became a soloist with the Kirov Ballet but he defected from Communist Russia in 1961, subsequently making the Royal Ballet in London his base in 1962. Nureyev was noted for his powerful stage presence, exceptional athletic skill, and fiery grace. Nureyev’s portrait sitting occurred in Ottawa when he was guest artist with the National Ballet of Canada. In Karsh: A Fifty-Year Retrospective (1983), the photographer said he jokingly asked “to see those sensuous lips of yours…. Puckishly, mischievously, he covered his mouth, and smiled with his eyes.”

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