BAKST, LEON. 1866-1924.
Feya kukol. La Fée des poupées [The Doll Fairy]. A complete set of 12 postcards with the descriptive insert in Russian and French, lithographed in color by A. Ilin. St. Petersburg: issued to benefit the St. Evgenya Red Cross Society, 1904. Each 140 x 95 mm. With rare original decorated envelope also designed by Bakst. Envelope restored with note in pencil on front; unused postcards with minor soiling.
Leon Bakst was the most influential costume designer of his generation. In 1898, he founded with Sergei Diaghilev and Alexandre Benois the Mir Iskusstva [World of Art] group. His work on Josef Bayer's ballet Feya kukol at the Hermitage Theater in St. Petersburg helped establish Bakst as a major costume designer in 1903, and he first contributed to Diaghilev's legendary Ballets Russes in 1909. Benois called the designs for Feya kukol Bakst's indisputable masterpiece.