BAKST, Léon (1866 - 1924)
"Costume design for the tragedy of Phaedra" for Ida Rubinstein, 1922
Paper, gouache, gold paint
In 1909, the Italian writer and playwright Gabriele D'Annunzio presented his adaptation of the legendary Greek tragedy "Phaedra". The costumes for the ballet were designed by Lev Bakst and presented to the public on June 8, 1923 at the Paris Opera. Ida Rubinstein, with whom Bakst has repeatedly worked, was the leading actress. This image depicts one of the first costume sketches for the leading role, made in 1922.
The sketch will be presented at the AUCTION on April 25-27, 2019, in Monte Carlo.