Bakst’s masterpiece, according to fellow artist and art historian Alexandre Benois.
During the first half of his career, Bakst (1866-1924) mostly painted landscapes, scenes and portraits. However in 1899, when he co-founded, with Serge Diaghilev, the art group Mir Isskustva [The World of Art], he turned towards the performing arts. This was to culminate in his designs for Diaghilev’s Ballets Russes.
The present work is a fine example of one of Bakst’s early theatrical designs (1903), for the short ballet Feya kukol by Joseph Bayer, pre-dating his work for the Ballets Russes.
Complete set of twelve postcards (14.3 x 9.1 cm) printed in colours after designs by Bakst, most heightened with gilt, pp. list of postcards in Russian and French, cards 1, 6, 11 and 12 lighter, the others more brown, as usual.
Stock ID: 94488