Costume Study for Vaslav Nijinsky in the Role of Iksender in the Ballet "La Péri" (The Flower of Immortality), first performed in Paris, 1912

Artist: Léon Bakst (Russian, Grodno 1866–1924 Paris)

Date: Dated 1922

Medium: Watercolor and gold and silver paints over graphite

Dimensions: 26 5/8 x 19 1/4in. (67.6 x 48.9cm)

Classifications: Drawings, Ornament & Architecture

Credit Line: Gift of Sir Joseph Duveen, 1922

Accession Number: 22.226.1


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.