18 Facts About Leon Bakst


Leon Bakst – born as Leyb-Khaim Izrailevich Rosenberg, ????-???? ?????????? ????????? was a Russian painter and scene and costume designer of Jewish origin.

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Leon Bakst was a member of the Sergei Diaghilev circle and the Ballets Russes, for which he designed exotic, richly coloured sets and costumes.

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Leon Bakst designed the decor for such productions as Carnaval, Spectre de la rose, Daphnis and Chloe, The Sleeping Princess and others.

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Leon Bakst said that he had been very impressed as a youth by that house, always returning with pleasure.

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Leon Bakst worked part-time as a book illustrator, gaining admission into the Imperial Academy in 1883.

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Alexander Benois, a life-long friend of Leon Bakst, recalled that 'Leo gave a prolonged and confusing explanation that the surname was taken after some of distant relatives'.

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At the beginning of the 1890s, Leon Bakst exhibited his works with the Society of Watercolourists.

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Leon Bakst continued painting, producing portraits of Filipp Malyavin, Vasily Rozanov, Andrei Bely, Zinaida Gippius.

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Leon Bakst worked as an art teacher for the children of Grand Duke Vladimir Alexandrovich of Russia.

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Leon Bakst produced scenery for Cleopatra, Scheherazade, Carnaval, Narcisse, Le Spectre de la Rose, L'apres-midi d'un faune and Daphnis et Chloe.

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Leon Bakst described Chagall as a favorite, because when told to do something, he would listen carefully, but then he would take his paint and his brushes and do something completely different from the assignment.

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In 1914, Leon Bakst was elected a member of the Imperial Academy of Arts.

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American silk industry businessman Arthur Selig invited Leon Bakst to create textile design, their collaboration had great success.

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When Leon Bakst received the news, he suffered a nervous breakdown, becoming so ill that he couldn't tolerate any irritants such as light, noise, or touch.

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In 1922, Leon Bakst broke off his relationship with Diaghilev and the Ballets Russes.

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When in Baltimore, Leon Bakst re-designed the dining room of Evergreen into a shocking acidic yellow and 'Chinese' red confection.

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Leon Bakst was a prolific writer, his literary legacy in three languages includes novels, numerous publications in magazines, critics, essays, letters to friends and colleagues.

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Leon Bakst died on 27 December 1924, in a clinic in Rueil Malmaison, near Paris, from lung problems.

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