Monday Afternoon Art History Lecture : Ballets Russes

Nick Pearson

2 May

OPEN Ealing Arts Centre W5 2TD

£10 per person inc refreshments

Class details

Join Nick Pearson for a Monday Afternoon Art History lecture on Ballets Russes.

Monday 2 May

2 – 4pm

£10 per person including light refreshments

Sergei Pavlovich Diaghilev is one of the most colourful figures in 20th century art. He was the son of a bankrupt Russian vodka distiller and emerged as the greatest impresario of his time. He conquered first Paris and then the world with his Ballets Russes.

This was more than just a dance company; it was a creative and very colourful movement. From the outset it attracted the greatest musical, theatrical and artistic talents of the day. They created the compositions, costumes and set designs of its lavish productions.

Diaghilev’s exotic project brought Eastern colours and styles to the west, picked up on the modernism of the Paris artist’s studios and influenced the early 20th century design style of Art Deco.

In this Monday Afternoon art history lecture we shall look at the story of the Ballets Russes. We’ll explore some of the artists and designers who worked with Diaghilev between 1909 and 1929. The credit list of the Ballets Russes’s productions reads like a roll-call of the Parisian avant-garde…

  • Matisse
  • Picasso
  • Derain
  • De Chirico
  • Miro
  • Coco Chanel
  • and many more!

After the lecture, Nick emails the notes to you for your future reference.

We look forward to seeing you on Monday 2 May at 2pm.


Course Details

OPEN Ealing Arts Centre W5 2TD

Dates: 2 May -
Monday 2:00 pm
Fees: £10 per person inc refreshments

About the tutor

Nick Pearson

Nick is an internationally exhibited artist and an enthusiastic lecturer. He has a passion for art of all period and teaches at various levels in schools, colleges, universities and adult learning centres; including

  • London College of Contemporary Art
  • Richmond Art School
  • OPEN Ealing
  • University of Oxford
  • Northampton University
  • Bradford College of Art

His artistic practice encompasses sculpture, drawing and photographic work. He creates large, wall-based works which explore formal relationships through shape and colour, often with a kind of abstract visual humour – but as in all collage, each constituent part has its own history and poetic meaning. Nick uses everyday objects in his artwork which he has often found or which have been discarded.

For more information on his work and exhibitions visit his website:

To book special, private tours (for birthdays, corporate events, etc) please email him:

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