Frog Costume for Robert Tear in <i>L'enfant et les sortilèges: Fantaisie lyrique en deux parties (The Child and the Spells: A Lyric Fantasy in Two Parts)</i>; music by Maurice Ravel

DAVID HOCKNEY RA (born 1937) Biography

Frog Costume for Robert Tear in L'enfant et les sortilèges: Fantaisie lyrique en deux parties (The Child and the Spells: A Lyric Fantasy in Two Parts); music by Maurice Ravel (England, 1987)

Felt
Inscribed R Tear in ink on a label
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Frog costume designed by David Hockney for the 1987 production of Ravel’s L’Enfant et les Sortileges held at the Royal Opera House in Covent Garden. For which Hockney designed both the sets and costumes. The jacket and trousers are made of a green felt appliqué, both of which have a Royal Opera House costume department label indicating it was worn by tenor Robert Tear.

Throughout the 20th century, great painters have been employed to design sets and costumes, with varying degrees of success. Among the most successful is David Hockney (born 1937), whose bold sense of form and colour are admirably suited to the stage. His ability to absorb a subject and then embody it visually using only the essential elements gives a great simplicity to his stage pictures, creating the essence of a character, theme or period Victoria & Albert Museum