RARE Leon Baskt Diaghlev's Scheherezade Ballet Russes Watercolor Gouache Painting dated 1910


Rare original Leon Bakst mixed media costume painting in gouache, water color and gold accents of a Dancer for Diaghlev's production of Scheherezade dated 1910 for the Ballet Russes. Photographed behind glass. First shows my reflection. I will not take it out of the protective frame, that will be up to the new owner to frame as lavishly as they wish. ** Reasonable offers considered ** Special arrangement must be made for shipping so please contact me **** 

Lev Samoylovich Rosenberg of Belorussian origins was born in Grodno May 19, 1866 and died in Paris on December 27 1924. In his lifetime he had an illustrious career, having work with Benois and Serge Diaghilev with whom he started the World of Art. He was educated at the Academy of Arts in St. Petersburg and started his career as a professional copyist and illustrator of teaching materials for popular magazines. For a time he taught in St. Petersburg and one of his pupils was Mark Chagall. His greatest artistic success came in the theatre making stage designs for the Hermitage, Alexandrinksy Theatres in St. Petersburgh and commissioned works at the Maryinsky Theatre. He collaborated with Diaghilev in the founding of Ballets Russes and acted as the artistic director. His magnificent and bold designs rapidly brought him international fame. The exotic costume painting that I offer is dated 1910 and most likely is a costume designs for Diaghilev's Scheherezade (Paris, 1910).

His name became synonymous with the Ballet Russes and he did paintings of and for Isadora Duncan, Nijinsky and Ida Rubinstein for her 1911 Paris ballet "Le Martyre de saint Sebastian". Due to his Jewish origins he was unable to obtain a residence permit in Russia and settled in Paris in 1912. It is said that he was the most accomplished painter and designer in the World of Art group. He was particularly fond of Orientalism, and ancient Greek and Egyptian motifs became synonymous with his paintings and theoretical work. A google search for Leon Bakst will yield marvelous results. According to ArtPrice, the last Bakst costume drawing sold at Sotheby's London on December 1, 2004 for 31,000 GBP or $59,253.00 US dollars. It was a later 1922 painting from the Ballet Artemis. The size was 32x23.5 cm - (12 5/8x9 1/4 in - Lot number 169. According to Davenport's 2002 the highest price fetched was $125,000.00. Prices have gone from $29,000 in 1999 to $53,000 in 2004 and will continue to rise based on the rarity of this artists work.

CONDITION: Overall exceptional for a work that is almost 100 years old. Produced in mixed media - gouache watercolor and gold paint on laid paper, the colors remain excellent, though there is some age spotting of the artists paper outside the image (see photos) that does not distract. It is in a simple frame that to my mind would need re-framing and mounting in whatever style suits your decor.

SIZE: The painting measures 18 1/4 inches x 13 1/2 inches.

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Artist Paper, Watercolor