Casa del Poeta Tragico‘s Today’s Memory
Léon Bakst’s 150th anniversary
Originally shared by Casa del Poeta Tragico
Casa del Poeta Tragico is back ! and with a birthday too – today we celebrate a would be birthday of one Lev Samoilovich Rosenberg, better known as Léon Bakst 🙂
Born on May 10, 1866 he was a Russian painter and scene- and costume designer, best known for his work for Sergei Diaghilev and the Ballets Russes. He studied at the St. Petersburg Academy of Arts, supporting himself as a part-time book illustrator; later he lived in Paris studying at famous Académie Julian. With Sergei Diaghilev he founded in 1899 an important periodical Mir Iskusstva (World of Art) which grew to be art movement.
After 1909 Bakst worked mostly in scene and costume designs for Ballets Russes, such as Cleopatra (1909), Scheherazade (1910), Carnaval (1910), Narcisse (1911), Le Spectre de la Rose (1911), and Daphnis et Chloé (1912); he continued his alliance with Diaghilev until 1922, when he broke of with him. He died two years later in Paris.
Self portrait, 1893