Lev Samoilovich Bakst, 1866-1924

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Lev Samoilovich Bakst, 1866-1924 costume design for nijinsky in narcisse pochoir (silkscreen) heightened with gold paint 50.5 by 40 cm.; 19 3/4 by 15 3/4 in. Exhibition: Moscow, The Pushkin Museum of Fine Arts, Russkoye Teatralno-dekorativnoye Iskusstvo 1880-1930, From the Collection of Lobanov-Rostovsky, 1988, no.27 See, Bowlt, J., Khudozhniki Russkogo Teatra, Moscow, 1994, p.38, ill.82 Provenance: Sotheby's, London, Ballet and Theatre Material, 22nd Ocober 1987, lot 828 The Lobanov-Rostovsky Collection, London The ballet Narcisse, a mythical poem in one act, was first performed at the Theatre de l'Opera, Monte Carlo in 1911 with choreography by Micael Fokine and music by Nicholas Tcherepnine. The title role of Narcisse was first played by Nijinsky. The pochoir was published in an unauthorised edition circa 1924 in America, possibly in Baltimore when Bakst was staying with the Garretts while designing the interior of the Evergreen Theatre. The size of the edition is not known, but from the scarcity of this lithograph it is assumed to be small.