Bakst and Ballet

From Lobgott Pipzam’s ever wondrous blog, here are a bunch of illustrations by Leon Bakst for sundry ballets. Painter, avant-gardist, graphic artist, set designer, multifaceted man. Illustrations from John Bowlt’s Masterpieces of Russian Stage Design, 1880-1930: From the collection of Nikita and Nina Lobanov-Rostovsky.

(Left) Jewish dancer; (right) Syrian harpist - ballet Cleopatra. (1910).

(Left) Jewish dancer; (right) Syrian harpist – ballet Cleopatra. (1910).

Study for set design for Scheherazade. (1910).

Study for set design for Scheherazade. (1910).

Study for the costume for Ida Rubinstein for her Cleopatra. (1909).

Study for the costume for Ida Rubinstein for her Cleopatra. (1909).

Study for costume for Jewish  dancer with tambourine in Cleopatra. (1910).

Study for costume for Jewish dancer with tambourine in Cleopatra. (1910).

Costume for the blue sultana in Scheherazade. (1910).

Costume for the blue sultana in Scheherazade. (1910).

Dance of the Boeotians in Narcissus. (1911).

Dance of the Boeotians in Narcissus. (1911).

La Péri. (1911).

La Péri. (1911).

Blue God. (1911).

Bayadere with peacock in Blue God. (1911).

Sleeping Beauty. (1922).

Sleeping Beauty. (1922).

Artemis Dreaming. (1922).

Artemis Dreaming. (1922).

Artemis Dreaming. (1922).

Artemis Dreaming. (1922).

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