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Leon Bakst (1866 - 1924)

A privileged collaborator of the Ballets Russes, the Russian artist rebelled against the traditional stage design that had become too pompous and literal. He therefore imagined sumptuous, sensual, vibrant and colourful decors and costumes. His designs also much inspired women's fashion in Paris, especially Paul Poiret who epitomised Bakst's oriental inspiration.

Leon Bakst, Drawing for the  Aladdin scenery design by les Ballets Russes, 1916
Leon Bakst, Drawing for the Aladdin scenery design by les Ballets Russes, 1916
Leon Bakst, Design for the Set of Act II Les Demeures de Phaedre, 1923, Thyssen-Bornemisza Collection. Lugano
Leon Bakst, Design for the Set of Act II Les Demeures de Phaedre, 1923, Thyssen-Bornemisza Collection. Lugano
Leon Bakst, Costume design for chinese dancer, 1917 
Leon Bakst, Costume design for chinese dancer, 1917 
Leon Bakst, Fantasy on modern costume, 1912
Leon Bakst, Fantasy on modern costume, 1912
Leon Bakst, Costume design for the Wolf in  La Belle au Bois Dormant, 1921
Leon Bakst, Costume design for the Wolf in La Belle au Bois Dormant, 1921
Leon Bakst, Costume for Le Dieu Bleu , 1912
Leon Bakst, Costume for Le Dieu Bleu , 1912
Leon Bakst, Costume design for Narcisse,  1911
Leon Bakst, Costume design for Narcisse,  1911
Leon Bakst, Costume for Le Dieu Bleu , 1912
Leon Bakst, Costume for Le Dieu Bleu , 1912
Leon Bakst, Costume design for L'Oiseau de feu,  1910
Leon Bakst, Costume design for L'Oiseau de feu,  1910
Leon Bakst, Costume design for Le Dieu Bleu , 1912
Leon Bakst, Costume design for Le Dieu Bleu , 1912
Leon Bakst, Costume design for La Péri , 1911
Leon Bakst, Costume design for La Péri , 1911
Leon Bakst, Costume  for two young males in Shéhérazade,  1910
Leon Bakst, Costume for two young males in Shéhérazade,  1910
Leon Bakst, Costume design for a Nymphe in  Narcisse , 1911, watercolor on paper, Strasbourg Museum, france
Leon Bakst, Costume design for a Nymphe in Narcisse , 1911, watercolor on paper, Strasbourg Museum, france
Leon Bakst, Costume design for Ida Rubinstein in Cleopatre, 1909
Leon Bakst, Costume design for Ida Rubinstein in Cleopatre, 1909
Leon Bakst, Costume design for Le Papillon, 1913
Leon Bakst, Costume design for Le Papillon, 1913
Leon Bakst, Costume design for Arlequin, 1921
Leon Bakst, Costume design for Arlequin, 1921
Leon Bakst, Costume design for Nijinsky in Le Dieu bleu, 1912
Leon Bakst, Costume design for Nijinsky in Le Dieu bleu, 1912
Leon Bakst, Costume for Shéhérazade,  1910
Leon Bakst, Costume for Shéhérazade,  1910
Leon Bakst, Costume for Le Dieu Bleu, 1912
Leon Bakst, Costume for Le Dieu Bleu, 1912
Leon Bakst, self Portrait, 1893, oil on canvas
Leon Bakst, self Portrait, 1893, oil on canvas
Leon Bakst, Costume design for a nymph fron L'Après-midi d'un Faune, 1912
Leon Bakst, Costume design for a nymph fron L'Après-midi d'un Faune, 1912
Leon Bakst, Costume design for a Bayadère in Le Dieu bleu, 1912
Leon Bakst, Costume design for a Bayadère in Le Dieu bleu, 1912
Leon Bakst, Costume design for a Potiphar in The Legend of Joseph, 1914
Leon Bakst, Costume design for a Potiphar in The Legend of Joseph, 1914
Leon Bakst, Costume design for the nymph Echo in Narcisse, 1911
Leon Bakst, Costume design for the nymph Echo in Narcisse, 1911
Leon Bakst, Costume design for  Narcisse, 1911
Leon Bakst, Costume design for Narcisse, 1911
Leon Bakst, Costume design for  Nijinsky in La Peri, 1911
Leon Bakst, Costume design for Nijinsky in La Peri, 1911
Leon Bakst, Costume design for the green monster in Sadko, 1917
Leon Bakst, Costume design for the green monster in Sadko, 1917
Leon Bakst, Costume design for Iskander in La Péri, 1910
Leon Bakst, Costume design for Iskander in La Péri, 1910
Leon Bakst, Costume design for a odalisque in Shéhérazade,  1910
Leon Bakst, Costume design for a odalisque in Shéhérazade,  1910
Leon Bakst, Costume design for a young rajah in Le Dieu bleu, 1912
Leon Bakst, Costume design for a young rajah in Le Dieu bleu, 1912
Leon Bakst, Costume design for the chinese mandarin in  La Belle au Bois Dormant, 1921
Leon Bakst, Costume design for the chinese mandarin in La Belle au Bois Dormant, 1921
Leon Bakst, Costume design for  Daphnis et Chloé, 1912
Leon Bakst, Costume design for Daphnis et Chloé, 1912
Leon Bakst, Costume for Le Dieu Bleu , 1912
Leon Bakst, Costume for Le Dieu Bleu , 1912
Leon Bakst, Costume for  Daphnis et Chloé, 1912
Leon Bakst, Costume for Daphnis et Chloé, 1912
Leon Bakst, Costume for a brigand in  Daphnis et Chloé, 1912
Leon Bakst, Costume for a brigand in Daphnis et Chloé, 1912
Leon Bakst, Design for the Set of Shéhérazade,  1910
Leon Bakst, Design for the Set of Shéhérazade,  1910
Leon Bakst, Costume for  Le Dieu bleu, 1912
Leon Bakst, Costume for Le Dieu bleu, 1912
44. Leon Bakst, Costume for Négress in  Shéhérazade, Lithograph, published 1923
44. Leon Bakst, Costume for Négress in Shéhérazade, Lithograph, published 1923
Leon Bakst, Two female haute couture figures, 1910
Leon Bakst, Two female haute couture figures, 1910
Leon Bakst, Cover Comoedia, 1914
Leon Bakst, Cover Comoedia, 1914
Leon Bakst, Design design ,  1911
Leon Bakst, Design design ,  1911
Leon Bakst, Costume design for Black Guard in  La Belle au Bois Dormant, 1921
Leon Bakst, Costume design for Black Guard in La Belle au Bois Dormant, 1921
Leon Bakst, Costume design for Jewish Dancer in  Cleopatre, 1910
Leon Bakst, Costume design for Jewish Dancer in Cleopatre, 1910
Leon Bakst, Costume for Shéhérazade,  1910
Leon Bakst, Costume for Shéhérazade,  1910
Leon Bakst, Costume design for Nijinsky in  L'Après Midi d'un Faune, 1912
Leon Bakst, Costume design for Nijinsky in L'Après Midi d'un Faune, 1912
Leon Bakst, Design drawing for the Set of Shéhérazade,  1910
Leon Bakst, Design drawing for the Set of Shéhérazade,  1910
Leon Bakst, Costume design for  pas de deux at the opening gala of the Diaghilev ballet in 1919
Leon Bakst, Costume design for pas de deux at the opening gala of the Diaghilev ballet in 1919
Leon Bakst, Costume for  Bayadère with peacock in Le Dieu bleu, 1912
Leon Bakst, Costume for Bayadère with peacock in Le Dieu bleu, 1912
Leon Bakst, Costume for a nymph in  L'Après Midi d'un Faune, 1912
Leon Bakst, Costume for a nymph in L'Après Midi d'un Faune, 1912
Leon Bakst, Costume for Shéhérazade,  1910
Leon Bakst, Costume for Shéhérazade,  1910
Leon Bakst, Costume design for Nijinsky in  Le spectre de la rose, 1911
Leon Bakst, Costume design for Nijinsky in Le spectre de la rose, 1911
Leon Bakst, Decadent dress for Mrs Legar, 1910
Leon Bakst, Decadent dress for Mrs Legar, 1910
Leon Bakst, Costume design for Tsarevitch in L'Oiseau de feu,  1910
Leon Bakst, Costume design for Tsarevitch in L'Oiseau de feu,  1910
Leon Bakst, Costume design for Chiarina in Carnaval,  1910
Leon Bakst, Costume design for Chiarina in Carnaval,  1910
Leon Bakst, Costume design for a pilgrim in  Le Dieu Bleu,  1912
Leon Bakst, Costume design for a pilgrim in Le Dieu Bleu,  1912
Leon Bakst, Costume design for Salomé in La Danse des Sept Voiles,  1908
Leon Bakst, Costume design for Salomé in La Danse des Sept Voiles,  1908
Leon Bakst, Cover Comoedia, 1st season of Ballet Russes, Paris, 1909
Leon Bakst, Cover Comoedia, 1st season of Ballet Russes, Paris, 1909
Leon Bakst, Costume design for Carnaval,  1910
Leon Bakst, Costume design for Carnaval,  1910
Leon Bakst, Costume design Great Eunuch in Shéhérazade,  1910
Leon Bakst, Costume design Great Eunuch in Shéhérazade,  1910
Leon Bakst, Costume design for Carnaval,  1910
Leon Bakst, Costume design for Carnaval,  1910
Leon Bakst, Costume design for La Péri,  1910
Leon Bakst, Costume design for La Péri,  1910
Leon Bakst, Costume design for Ménélas in  Hélène de Sparte,  1912
Leon Bakst, Costume design for Ménélas in Hélène de Sparte,  1912
Leon Bakst, Costume for gold blue in  Le Dieu Bleu , 1912
Leon Bakst, Costume for gold blue in Le Dieu Bleu , 1912
Leon Bakst, Costume for Le Dieu Bleu , 1912
Leon Bakst, Costume for Le Dieu Bleu , 1912
Leon Bakst, Costume design for La Belle au Bois Dormant, 1921
Leon Bakst, Costume design for La Belle au Bois Dormant, 1921
Leon Bakst, Costume design for Tamara Karsavina in L'Oiseau de feu,  1910
Leon Bakst, Costume design for Tamara Karsavina in L'Oiseau de feu,  1910
Leon Bakst, Costume design for L'Oiseau de feu,  1910
Leon Bakst, Costume design for L'Oiseau de feu,  1910
Leon Bakst, Costume design for Narcisse,  1911
Leon Bakst, Costume design for Narcisse,  1911
Leon Bakst, Design drawing for the Set of Daphnis et Chloé,  1912
Leon Bakst, Design drawing for the Set of Daphnis et Chloé,  1912
Leon Bakst, Costume design sultane in Shéhérazade,  1910
Leon Bakst, Costume design sultane in Shéhérazade,  1910
Leon Bakst, Costume for the bride in  Le Dieu Bleu , 1912
Leon Bakst, Costume for the bride in Le Dieu Bleu , 1912
Jacques Emile Blanche, Portrait of Nijinsky en danseur oriental, costume by Leon Bakst, 1910
Jacques Emile Blanche, Portrait of Nijinsky en danseur oriental, costume by Leon Bakst, 1910
Leon Bakst, Costume design Odalisque in Shéhérazade,  1910
Leon Bakst, Costume design Odalisque in Shéhérazade,  1910
Leon Bakst, Costume design for Narcisse,  1911
Leon Bakst, Costume design for Narcisse,  1911
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