Costume Study for Vaslav Nijinsky
By The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Léon Bakst (Russian, Grodno 1866–1924 Paris)
Costume Study for Vaslav Nijinsky in the Role of Iksender in the Ballet "La Péri" (The Flower of Immortality), first performed in Paris 1912, 1922
22 cm x 30 cm image, digitally printed on bright white, glossy print surface, 250 GSM premium paper
Léon Bakst was already an experienced portraitist, illustrator, and set designer in 1909 when he joined with Serge Diaghilev to found the Ballets Russes. This design for a costume to be worn by the renowned male dancer Vaslav Nijinsky (1890–1950) demonstrates Bakst's involvement with Symbolism and Art Nouveau, as well as his dramatic use of color and sensuous line.
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