Bakst, des ballets russes à la haute couture (book)

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Bakst, des ballets russes à la haute couture / Bakst, from Russian ballets to haute couture (book) under the direction of Mathias Auclair, Sarah Barbedette, Stephane Barsacq. Factory sealed. Publisher Albin Michel. 2016. 192 pages. Hardcover. French version.

Lev Samoïlovitch Rosenberg, known as Léon Bakst (1866-1924) is a Russian painter, decorator and costume designer.

Léon Bakst (1866-1924) is the author of a work which revolutionized his time, all genres combined: theater, dance and fashion. He was Diaghilev’s main collaborator for the Ballets Russes in Paris, London and Monte Carlo.

This book is intended to be an exhaustive portrait of a total artist of Russian origin who became a figure of All-Paris, of a painter who knew how to train Chagall, and who was the friend of Picasso, Matisse and Modigliani. With his feverish creations, dominated by the eroticism of the body, designed in dialogue with Debussy, Ravel, and Nijinsky, he received high praise from Proust, Cocteau and Nabokov, and continued to inspire creators such as Yves Saint Laurent or Karl Lagerfeld.

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