Ray Batchelor writes:
“The caricaturist, Georges Gousat, better known as “Sem”, was famous for savagely satirising French society. In 1913, he published Tangoville sur Mer, a book of cartoons based on what he saw (or what he imagined) while on a trip to the fashionable resort at Deauville. In among the famous figures shown dancing tango were three same-sex couples including this one of Nijinsky dancing with Gabriel Astruc, the financier and impresario. Juliet Bellow points out in “modernism on Stage” that the cartoon is part of the outrage prompted by the Ballets Russes production of Le Sacre du printemp or the Rite of Spring. She writes:
In reviews of Le Scare du printemps…critics directed their outrage about the ballet at the perceived influence of Jews and enjuivés (“the Jewified”) on the troupe. We can this in an overtly anti-Semitic and homophobic caricature by Sem published in 1913…: an effeminate Nijinsky tangos with financier Astruc, who pinches Nijinsky’s bum and sticks his enormous phallic nose into the dancer’s mouth.
[Bellow, J., Modernism on Stage: The Ballets Russe and the Parisian Avant-garde, Ashgate, London, 2013, p. 66 https://books.google.co.uk/books?id=yl7XD9p21zgC&printsec=frontcover&dq=Bellow,+J.,+Modernism+on+Stage:+The+Ballets+Russes+and+the+Parisian+Avant-garde,+Ashgate,+London,+2013&hl=en&sa=X&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=nijinsky&f=false
What do you belive the copyright status of this image to be?
Ray Batchelor believes: “The image is out of copyright.”