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Histoire de Leon Bakst
Copyright by Edition “L’Art Russe” Alexandre Kogan
ECrite par Andre Levinson
Societe D’Editions et de Librairie Henri Reynaud   PARIS


This is number 94.


Translation of Edition Page..."This edition has been printed in 345 copies including 20 copies numbered from 1 to 20 on Japan Imperial, 150 copies numbered 21 to 170 on white vellum Arches paper, 160 numbered copies from 171 to 330 on tinted varnished Arches paper and 15 non-commercial copies on Imperial Japan white vellum Arches paper and Tinted Arches paper numbered from I to XV."


Imprimerie KAPP   A Paris-Vanves
11 x 14.75 inches
Weight. 8.81 pounds or 4 kilograms.
Fed EX shipping. $90.00 includes insurance.


1924. First French Edition Limited to 345 numbered copies, this being No. 94. Large folio. 242 pages. 68 full-page mounted plates 52 being color lithographs, with titled tissue guards; numerous color and duotone illustrations throughout and additional mounted plates. The first color plate is a portrait of Bakst by Amedeo Modigliani. Printed with the sheets from Alexander Kogan Publishing Company in Berlin. Deckled page edges. Written by French dance journalist Andre Levinson. In the original cloth binding. Internally, only a few pages have separated from the binding. There are no stains or torn pages.

This is a sumptuous biographical work on the famous Russian painter and costume designer, Leon Bakst (1866-1924). Bakst was a member of the Sergei Diaghilev circle and the Ballets Russes, for which he designed exotic, richly colored sets and costumes including costume portraits of Vaslav Nijinsky. Numerous and dynamic examples of his set-designs, costumes, portraits, drawings, and paintings are included in the historic manuscript.


More on Bakst...Léon Samoilovitch Bakst (1866 – 1924) was a Russian painter and scene and costume designer. An intimate in Sergei Diaghilev's circle, he designed exotic, richly coloured sets and costumes for the Ballets Russes. His most recognizable work is his sensual image of Nijinsky in his costume for L'après-midi d'un faune. Beginning in 1909, Bakst worked mostly as a stage-designer, designing sets for Greek tragedies, and, in 1908, he made a name for himself as a scene-painter with the Ballets Russes. He produced scenery for Cleopatra (1909), Scheherazade (1910), Carnaval (1910), Narcisse (1911), Le Spectre de la Rose (1911), L'après-midi d'un faune (1912) and Daphnis et Chloé (1912). During this time, he lived in western Europe because, as a Jew, he did not have the right to live permanently outside the Pale of Settlement.

Histoire de Leon Bakst

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