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Leon Bakst




 


 

Leon Bakst

born January 27 [February 8, New Style], 1866, St. Petersburg, Russia
died December 28, 1924, Paris, France


original name Lev Samoylovich Rosenberg Russian artist who revolutionized theatrical design both in scenery and in costume.

Bakst attended the Imperial Academy of Arts at St. Petersburg but was expelled after painting a too-realistic “Pietà.” He returned to Russia after completing his studies in Paris and became a court painter. He was a cofounder with Sergey Diaghilev of the journal Mir Iskusstva (“World of Art”) in 1899. Bakst began to design scenery in 1900, first at the Hermitage court theatre and then at the imperial theatres. In 1906 he went to Paris, where he began designing stage sets and costumes for Diaghilev's newly formed ballet company, the Ballets Russes. The first Diaghilev ballet for which he designed decor was Cléopâtre (1909), and he was chief set designer thereafter, working on the ballets Scheherazade and Carnaval (both 1910), Le Spectre de la rose and Narcisse (both 1911), L'Après-midi d'un faune and Daphnis et Chloé (both 1912), and Les Papillons (1914). Bakst achieved international fame with his sets and costumes, in which he combined bold designs and sumptuous colours with minutelyrefined details to convey an atmosphere of picturesque, exotic Orientalism. In 1919 Bakst settled permanently in Paris. His designs for a London production of Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky's Sleeping Beauty in 1921 are regarded as his greatest work.

 

 
 

 

 


Self-Portrait



 


La Belle


 

Le Pirate


 

Narcisse


 

Phedre and Thesee


 
 
 The Scene of Wedding
1921
Set design for ballet "The Sleeping Beauty"


 


The Countess
1921
Costume design for ballet "The Sleeping Beauty"


 


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The Sleeping Beauty Wolf
1921

Costume design for ballet "The Sleeping Beauty"


 


Set design for Act II of ballet "Daphnis and Chloe"
1912


 

Nymph
1912
Costume sketch for ballet "Daphnis and Chlo
e"


 

 
 Set design for ballet "L'Aprés-midi d'un Faune"
1912


 


Faun
1912
Costume sketch for ballet "L'Apr
és-midi d'un Faune"


 


Nymph
1912
 
Costume sketch for ballet "L'Aprés-midi d'un Faune"


 


Nymph
1912
 
Costume sketch for ballet "L'Aprés-midi d'un Faune"


 


Design for a Masquerade Costume for Mr. Kharitonenko



 


Design for Henri Rollan's M. Gabrio's


 


Design for Ida Rubinstein's Costume for Act IV



 


Design for M. Desjardins' Costume as Theseus



 


Design for Mille. Sylvie's Costume as Hipponoe



 


Design for the Costume for Cantalbutte



 


Design for the Costume for the Gypsy Fortune Teller



 


Design for the Costume of a Pilgrim



 


Design for the Costume of Four Beggar Women



 


Designi for Alexei Bulgakov's Costume as Shahriar



 


Drawing of a Bayadère's Costume



 


Le sultan Samarcande



 


Le sultan vindicatif


 


Sadko, One of the Chorus

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