Léon Bakst (1866-1924) was a painter, illustrator, stage and costume designer. He is universally acknowledged for representing a synthesis of creative energy in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Bakst travelled widely throughout Europe and in 1890 joined the World of Art journal circle which numbered many artists among its members, the most famous being Benois and Diaghilev. This book illustrates the wealth of Bakst's contribution to the world of theatre and dance. His best known work includes sets for Stravinsky's Firebird, and Weber's Spectre de la Rose.
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Russia and France The Creation of the World of Art 18901909
Towards a Coloured Universe 19101913
The Grey Eminence 19141924
List of Illustrations
1910 Watercolour Alexandre Benois artistic Bakst’s designs ballet Cléopâtre 1909 ballet Daphnis ballet Helen ballet L’Après-Midi ballet Le Dieu ballet Narcisse 1911 ballet Shéhérazade 1910 ballet The Fairy ballet The Firebird ballet The Martyrdom ballet The Sleeping Ballets Russes Benois Canberra choreography cm Private collection cm Russian Museum cm Sotheby’s cm State Museum colours costume ofa dance dancers Daphnis and Chloë design for Act Dieu bleu 1912 Evergreen House Fairy Doll Firebird Fokine Fokine’s Gallery of Australia gold paint gouache Helen of Sparta Ida Rubinstein L’Après-Midi d’un faune La Péri Massine Mir Iskusstva mounted on cardboard Museum of Theater Nijinsky’s nymph paint on paper painter paper mounted paper Private collection pencil and gold Portrait Salomé Sergei Diaghilev Set design Sleeping Princess 1921 Somov St Petersburg St Sebastian Stravinsky Tchaikovsky’s Theater and Music Tretyakov Gallery Vaslav Nijinsky Watercolour Watercolour and gouache Watercolour on paper World of Art Yevgeny Lanceray Zobeida