Costume Study for Vaslav Nijinsky in the Role of Iksender in the Ballet "La Péri" (The Flower of Immortality), first performed in Paris, 1912
Léon Bakst (Russian, Grodno 1866–1924 Paris)
Watercolor and gold and silver paints over graphite
26 5/8 x 19 1/4in. (67.6 x 48.9cm)
Drawings, Ornament & Architecture
Gift of Sir Joseph Duveen, 1922
Not on view
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.
Signature: BAKST 1922
Inscription: Lower right: "BAKST / 1922"
Sir Joseph Duveen, New York; Donor: Sir Joseph Duveen, New York
Groninger Museum, Groningen. "Working for Diaghilev," December 11, 2004–March 27, 2005.
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Drawings and Prints: Selections from the Permanent Collection," May 9–August 7, 2017.
Charles Spencer, Léon Bakst Leon Bakst. New York, 1973, cat. no. Colour Plate XVI, 111, ill.