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Mathilde Kschessinska (1872–1971)

A Polish–Russian ballerina from the noble Krzesiński family. Created by: PICRYL - Public Domain Media Search EngineDated: 2024
Mathilde Kschessinska was the prima ballerina assoluta of the Imperial Russian Ballet and the first Russian dancer to master 32 consecutive fouettés en tournant (“whipped turns” done in place and on one leg), a feat previously performed only by Italian dancers and considered in that era the supreme achievement in dance technique.

Kschessinska studied under Christian Johansson and Enrico Cecchetti at the Imperial Ballet School in St. Petersburg, graduated in 1890, and joined the Mariinsky Theatre. In 1895 she became prima ballerina assoluta, a title awarded by the Imperial Ballet to only one other dancer, the Italian Pierina Legnani. Kschessinska interpreted major roles in Cinderella, La Sylphide, Esmeralda, The Nutcracker, and The Sleeping Beauty. In 1911 she danced in London with Vaslav Nijinsky in Swan Lake for Serge Diaghilev’s Ballets Russes.

Kschessinska was a close friend of both Nicholas II, who was executed in 1918, and his cousin the grand duke André, whom she married in 1921. She left Russia in 1920 and, for 30 years, taught in Paris; her pupils included Tatiana Riabouchinska and Margot Fonteyn. Her autobiography is Souvenirs de la Kschessinska (1960; Dancing in Petersburg: The Memoirs of Kschessinska).
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Кшесинская Матьльда Феликсовна (фотография Мрозовской)

Кшесинская Матьльда Феликсовна (фотография Мрозовской)

Русский: Русская балерина Матильда Кшесинская Public domain photograph related to the history of Russia, free to use, no copyright restrictions image - Picryl description

Mathilde Kschessinskaya -circa 1900

Mathilde Kschessinskaya -circa 1900

Photographic postcard of Mathilde Felixovna Kschessinskaya (1872-1971), Soloist to His Imperial Majesty and Prima ballerina of the St. Petersburg Imperial Theatres. She is costumed for the role of Flora in Mar... More

Bayadere Kingdom of the Shades Mathilde Kschessinskaya Pavel Gerdt 1900

Bayadere Kingdom of the Shades Mathilde Kschessinskaya Pavel Gerdt 190...

Portrait of the Mathilde Kschessinskaya (1872-1971), Prima ballerina of the St. Petersburg Imperial Theatres; the danseur Pavel Gerdt (1844-1917), Premier danseur of the St. Petersburg Imperial Theatres; and un... More

La Bayadere. The Kingdom of the Shades, 1900

La Bayadere. The Kingdom of the Shades, 1900

Portrait of the stage of the Imperial Mariinsky Theatre with performers in act III of the choreographer Marius Petipa's (1818-1910) final revival of his and the composer Ludwig Minkus's (1826-1917) ballet La B... More

Matilda Few - Public domain portrait engraving

Matilda Few - Public domain portrait engraving

Public domain photo of portrait art print, 3d object, free to use, no copyright restrictions image - Picryl description.

Mathilde Kschessinska - Russian postcard. Public domain image.

Mathilde Kschessinska - Russian postcard. Public domain image.

Photographic postcard of Mathilde Felixovna Kschessinskaya (1872-1971), costumed for the Spanish dance.

La-bayadere-kingdom-of-the-shades-1900

La-bayadere-kingdom-of-the-shades-1900

Portrait of the stage of the Imperial Mariinsky Theatre with performers in act III of the choreographer Marius Petipa's (1818-1910) final revival of his and the composer Ludwig Minkus's (1826-1917) ballet La B... More

ИАХ. На благотворительном балу. Художники и гости в Пименовском зале Академии художеств (1912)

ИАХ. На благотворительном балу. Художники и гости в Пименовском зале А...

Русский: Художники и гости на благотворительном балу в Пименовском зале Императорской Академии художеств.

Mathilde Kschessinska with son (1916)

Mathilde Kschessinska with son (1916)

Матильда Кшесинская с сыном Владимиром 1916

La Esmeralda act I 1899

La Esmeralda act I 1899

Act I of the ballet La Esmeralda on the stage of the Imperial Mariinsky Theatre with cast.

Erotic photography - Mathilde Kschessinska 1903

Erotic photography - Mathilde Kschessinska 1903

Mathilde Kschessinska as Aspiccia (The Pharaoh's Daughter) Public domain photograph of 19th-century female portrait, free to use, no copyright restrictions image - Picryl description

Talisman -Mathilde Kschessinska -Niriti -1909 -4

Talisman -Mathilde Kschessinska -Niriti -1909 -4

Ballerina Mathilde Kschessinskaya as Nirity in "The Talisman", 1910. It is hand-written in Russian on the bottom of the photo: „M. F. Kschessinskaya – Paquita“

Mathilde Kschessinska in the drawing-room of her mansion 1916

Mathilde Kschessinska in the drawing-room of her mansion 1916

Mathilde Kschessinska in the drawing-room of her mansion Русский: Балерина Матильда Кшесинская в гостиной своего особняка

Mathilde Kschessinskaya -circa 1900 -1

Mathilde Kschessinskaya -circa 1900 -1

Photographic postcard of Mathilde Felixovna Kschessinskaya (1872-1971), Soloist to His Imperial Majesty and Prima ballerina of the St. Petersburg Imperial Theatres. She is costumed as Princess Aspicia in the u... More

Mathilde&Olga,1892 - Public domain  print

Mathilde&Olga,1892 - Public domain print

Ballerinas of the Imperial Ballet: Mathilde Kschessinska (left) and Olga Preobrajenska (right)

Кшесинская в балете «Камарго» - Public domain portrait photograph

Кшесинская в балете «Камарго» - Public domain portrait photograph

Русский: Матильда Кшесинская в балете «Камарго» Public domain photograph of 19th-century female portrait, free to use, no copyright restrictions image - Picryl description

Матильда Кшесинская в балете «Баядерка» (с автографом)

Матильда Кшесинская в балете «Баядерка» (с автографом)

Русский: Матильда Кшесинская в балете «Баядерка» (с автографом)

Mathilde Felixovna Kschessinskaya (1872-1971)

Mathilde Felixovna Kschessinskaya (1872-1971)

Mathilde Kschessinskaya in a costume for the Spanish dance; bénéfice for her 10th year of dancing at the Mariinsky

Nikiya, Russian Empire - A group of people standing in front of a building

Nikiya, Russian Empire - A group of people standing in front of a buil...

Photo of the stage of the Imperial Mariinsky Theatre dressed in designer Adolf Kvapp's décor for Act I/Scene 1 of the choreographer Marius Petipa (1818-1910) & the composer Ludwig Minkus's (1828-1917) ballet "... More

Kschessinska's dacha

Kschessinska's dacha

Русский: Дача в Стрельне, купленная для Кшесинской вел. князем Сергеем Михайловичем

Erotic photography - Матильда Кшесинская в балете «Баядерка»

Erotic photography - Матильда Кшесинская в балете «Баядерка»

Русский: Матильда Кшесинская в роли Никии в балете «Баядерка». Постановка Мариуса Петипа

Ballet: RevailMK&VT, Russian Empire, 19th century

Ballet: RevailMK&VT, Russian Empire, 19th century

Photograph of the ballerinas Mathilde Kschessinskaya as Flora (left) and Vera Trefilova as Cupid (right) costumed for the original production of the choreographer Marius Petipa & the composer Riccardo Drigo's ... More

Mathilde Kschessinska's birthday gifts

Mathilde Kschessinska's birthday gifts

Mathilde Kschessinska's birthday gifts Русский: Подарки балерине Матильде Кшесинской в день юбилея

Матильда Кшесинская в 1900 году

Матильда Кшесинская в 1900 году

Русский: Русская балерина Матильда Феликсовна Ксешинская Public domain photograph - female portrait, the 1900s, free to use, no copyright restrictions image - Picryl description

Mathilde Kschessinska Esmeralda

Mathilde Kschessinska Esmeralda

Photographic postcard of Mathilde Felixovna Kschessinskaya (1872-1971), Soloist to His Imperial Majesty and Prima ballerina of the St. Petersburg Imperial Theatres. She is costumed for the title role in a reviv... More

Esmeralda -Mathilde Kschessinska

Esmeralda -Mathilde Kschessinska

Photographic postcard of Mathilde Felixovna Kschessinskaya (1872-1971), Soloist to His Imperial Majesty and Prima ballerina of the St. Petersburg Imperial Theatres. She is costumed for the title role of the ba... More

Camargo-Mathilde Kschessinskaya-1897

Camargo-Mathilde Kschessinskaya-1897

Photographic postcard of Mathilde Felixovna Kschessinskaya (1872-1971), Soloist to His Imperial Majesty and Prima ballerina of the St. Petersburg Imperial Theatres. She is costumed as Marie Camargo in the chor... More

Mathilde Kschessinska in the winter garden

Mathilde Kschessinska in the winter garden

Mathilde Kschessinska in the winter garden Русский: Матильда Феликсовна Кшесинская в зимнем саду

Grand Duke Andrei Vladimirovich, Mathilde Kschessinska and their son in France

Grand Duke Andrei Vladimirovich, Mathilde Kschessinska and their son i...

Grand Duke Andrei Vladimirovich, Mathilde Kschessinska and their son in France

Кшесинская М.Ф. вместе с сыном

Кшесинская М.Ф. вместе с сыном

Русский: Мати́льда Фе́ликсовна Кшеси́нская (балерина. Родилась 19 (31) августа, по старому стилю 1 сентября 1872 в Лигово (под Петербургом) в семье артистов балета Мариинского театра. Умерла 6 декабря 1971 год... More

Kschessinska 001 - Public domain portrait print

Kschessinska 001 - Public domain portrait print

Photographic postcard of Mathilde Felixovna Kschessinskaya (1872-1971), Soloist to His Imperial Majesty and Prima ballerina of the St. Petersburg Imperial Theatres. She is costumed as Princess Aspicia in the f... More

Kschessinskaya and Trefilova, Flora, 1894

Kschessinskaya and Trefilova, Flora, 1894

Photograph of the ballerinas Mathilde Kschessinskaya as Flora (right) and Vera Trefilova as Cupid (left) costumed for the original production of the choreographer Marius Petipa & the composer Riccardo Drigo's ... More

Mathilde Kschessinska (by Goodnow)

Mathilde Kschessinska (by Goodnow)

In 1904, Mathilde Kschessinska was a ballerina in St. Petersburg. The Tacoma Times misspelled her name quite badly; however, the description of her made it quite clear that this was in fact Mathilde Kschessinska.

Awakening Of Flora -Mathilde Kschessinska & Vera Trefilova -1905 -2

Awakening Of Flora -Mathilde Kschessinska & Vera Trefilova -1905 -2

Photo taken by an unknown photograper at the Mariinsky Theatre, St. Petersburg, Russia of the dancers Mathilde Kschessinskaya and Vera Trefilova in "The Awakening of Flora".

Grand Duke Andrei Vladimirovich, Mathilde Kschessinska and their son

Grand Duke Andrei Vladimirovich, Mathilde Kschessinska and their son

Grand Duke Andrei Vladimirovich, Mathilde Kschessinska and their son

Grand Duke Sergei c1909

Grand Duke Sergei c1909

Grand Duke Sergei Michaelovich, Mathilde Kshessinska Grand Duke Andrei Vladimirovich among others c 1909

Матильда Кшесинская в «Русском танце»

Матильда Кшесинская в «Русском танце»

Русский: Матильда Кшесинская исполняет русский танец в балете «Камарго»

Russian travesti artist. Mathilde Kschessinska parody

Russian travesti artist. Mathilde Kschessinska parody

Русский: Петербургский женский имперсонатор в образе Матильды Кшесинской. Начало 1910-х годов

Mathilde Kschessinska2 - Public domain portrait

Mathilde Kschessinska2 - Public domain portrait

Mathilde_Kschessinska in a costume for the polka Folishon Public domain photograph of 19th-century female portrait painting, free to use, no copyright restrictions image - Picryl description

Bayadere Panorama Of Act II 1900 Russian Empire

Bayadere Panorama Of Act II 1900 Russian Empire

Photo of the stage and cast of the Imperial Mariinsky Theatre dressed in designer Orest Allegri's décor for Act II of the choreographer Marius Petipa (1818-1910) & the composer Ludwig Minkus's (1828-1917) ball... More

Pharaoh's Daughter -Pas de Fleche -Mathilde Kschessinska -1898 -2

Pharaoh's Daughter -Pas de Fleche -Mathilde Kschessinska -1898 -2

Photographic postcard of Mathilde Felixovna Kschessinskaya (1872-1971), Soloist to His Imperial Majesty and Prima ballerina of the St. Petersburg Imperial Theatres. She is costumed as the Princess Aspicia in th... More

Ballet: Kschessinskie-Mazurka

Ballet: Kschessinskie-Mazurka

Mathilde and Feliks Kschessinski in Mazurka dance. Benefice performance of F. Kschessinski celebrating 60 years of his ballet career, February 8th, 1898.

Kschessinska-1880

Kschessinska-1880

Mathilde Kschessinska