Issued January 18, 1915
Ida Rubinstein was born into a wealthy Russian family in 1885. Though she had little formal training she made her dance debut at age 23 in 1908 performing in a single private performance of Oscar Wilde’s Salomé, in which she stripped nude in the course of the Dance of the Seven Veils. Sergei Diaghilev took her with the Ballets Russes and she danced the title role of Cléopâtre in the Paris season of 1909, and Zobéide in Scheherazade in 1910. Her partner in Scheherazade was the great Nijinsky. Rubinstein left the Ballets Russes in 1911.
With France’s entrance into the current war, Rubinstein has volunteered and is working with wounded veterans in a military hospital.
On January 18, 1915 the Portuguese magazine Ilustração Portuguesa featured Rubinstein on it’s cover treating a wounded soldier.