Léon Bakst (1866-1924) was a painter, illustrator, and stage and costume designer. He is universally acknowledged for representing a synthesis of creative energy in the late-19th and early-20th centuries. Bakst travelled widely throughout Europe and in 1890 joined the World of Art journal circle which numbered many artists among its members, the most famous being Benois and Diaghilev. This book illustrates the wealth of Bakst's contribution to the world of theatre and dance. His best known work includes sets for Stravinsky's Firebird, and Weber's Spectre de la Rose.
Elisabeth Ingles has been a respected freelance writer and editor for the past ten years, working for the British Museum Press, and other major British and American publishers of art and music books. After a degree at the University of Edinburgh, she worked as a managing editor and editorial director for major publishers. She is the author of articles for several publications including dictionaries of art and music. She lives in London, where she is able to indulge her passion for opera.
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