Drawing the Curtain
Maurice Sendak is well-known for his acclaimed childrens books, but he was also an avid opera lover and designed a number of sets for opera and ballet productions, among them Mozarts The Magic Flute, Janá?cek’s The Cunning Little Vixen, Prokofievs The Love for Three Oranges, Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker, and an opera by Oliver Knussen based on Where the Wild Things Are. This book brings together over one hundred and twentyfive pieces from among the more than nine hundred in the Morgan Library & Museums collection, including preliminary sketches, final watercolors, and cardboard models. Essays in the book discuss the importance of music to Sendaks work, his fascination with comic strips, movies, mechanical toys, and pop-up books, and the artworks that inspired his stage designs. The book reveals the full breadth of Sendaks visual work for opera and ballet and highlights his keen sense of humor, his love of art history, and his ability to tell striking stories through his art.
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