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Title: L'Art Décoratif de Léon Bakst (The ...
Publisher: Maurice de Brunoff
Book Condition: Good
Book Description Maurice de Brunoff, Paris, 1913. Hardcover. Book Condition: vg. Limited First edition. 1/20. Folio. , 49, pp (text), 77 leaves (plates), pp. Uncut. Original gilt-stamped full vellum, with gold lettering on spine. Top edge gilt. Book housed in its original green cloth clamshell box, with title laid on front panel. Laid in, an original pochoir-highlighted watercolor signed and dated in pencil by the artist at lower right margin. Mounted photogravure frontispiece portrait of Leon Bakst signed by himself at lower margin. Title page in red and black lettering. Decorative head- and tailpieces after Bakst. Lev Samoylovich Rosenberg (Bakst), painter and stage designer realized his greatest artistic success in the Alesandrinksy and Maryinsky theaters, and later from 1901 to 1921 with Diaghilev at the Ballet Russe where he designed more productions than any other artist. Theater and costume designs for more than ten ballet works appear in this splendid deluxe edition containing 77 tipped-in plates, all but one after Bakst, including 4 folding and 50 in full color, with pochoir highlights. The striking plates of Leon Bakst's stage sets and costumes for the Ballet Russe accompany synopses of the plays by Jean Cocteau for which they were designed. Bakst's brilliant control of color, line and decoration give his stage pictures a visual rhythm. Color and chromatic combinations were used emotionally and sensuously. The splendid costumes are richly decorated with myriad motifs and decorative shapes. Descriptive letterpress of each plate is on the verso of the preceding plate. Our copy is No. 17 of 20 deluxe copies reserved for the Russian market, out of a total edition of 80 deluxe copies (Catalogue Sotheby's 1968). Clamshell box split in two. One side panel missing. Heavy rubbing on both front and back panels. Original watercolor loosed from its frame, but frame still present. Text in French. Box in overall poor to fair, binding and interior in very good condition. About the artist: Born in Russia in 1866, Léon Bakst belonged to that young generation of European artists who rebelled against 19th century stage realism, which had become pedantic and literal, without imagination or theatricality. There were no specialist trained theatre designers, so painters like Vuillard in France, Munch in Scandinavia and Léon Bakst and Alexandre Benois in Russia turned their painting skills to theatre design. Bakst's fame lay in the ballets he designed for the Diaghilev Ballets Russes, and huge pageant spectaculars for dancer and patron, Ida Rubinstein. Bookseller Inventory # 38140