Leon Bakst pencil 36.5 x 23.5cm (14 3/8 x 9 1/4in).
EXHIBITED: Paris, Le Salon des Peintres du Spectacle, 1995 Bruxelles, Musee D'Ixelles, 1991 Baden-Baden, Staatliche Kunsthalle Baden Baden, 1989, no.124
Trained at the St Petersburg Academy of Art, Léon Bakst (1866-1924) moved to Paris in 1893, meeting Diaghilev and Alexander Benois with whom he co-founded the magazine Mir Iskusstva (World of Art). A master of graphic design, he exhibited in several shows of Russian art, before starting a career as a set designer in 1909. Over the next decade he worked for Diaghilev on several Ballets Russes productions, including Scheherazade and Carnaval (1910) and Daphnis et Chloe (1912). His ornate and exotic designs captured the public's imagination, and the influence of his use of colour can be seen in the works of Marc Chagall who studied under him in St Petersburg.