Leon Bakst | Ballets Russes designs

Russian-born artist Leon Bakst first came into contact with the Ballets Russes in 1908. From then until 1922 he created designs for Sergei Diaghilev’s troupe, his sets and stagewear particularly thrilling for the pan-European avant-garde who flocked to the Russian company’s performances. Bakst’s intensely colourful costumes were so integral to the Ballets Russes’ enormous impact that the sketches themselves became emblems of the era.

Bakst 4
Bakst 5
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Bakst Narcisse 1911
Bakst Nymph Narcisse
Narcisse 1911

Scheherezade
Bakst 1
Bakst 2
Bakst 3

Further reading
Bohème and beyond
Sashay shantay épée
Dress-down Friday: Ganna Walska
Places: Théâtre des Champs-Elysées

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5 comments

  1. violet shears

    Love these!

  2. Wonderful, I had forgotten about Bakst, it is such a treat to see his work again!

  3. Celeste Moreno

    ♥ Bakst

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