Ballets Russes

Almost a century has passed since Russian impresario Serge Diaghilev founded his famed dance company the Ballets Russes, and yet still it continues to shape dance, visual arts and music today. Here, the story of the company who dragged ballet out of the 19th century and launched it, kicking and screaming (literally!), into the 20th is told through its programmes, illustrated books and ephemera.
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George Barbier, Album Dédié A Tamar Karsavina, 1914

George Barbier, Album Dédié A Tamar Karsavina, 1914

George Barbier, Album Dédié A Tamar Karsavina, 1914

Ballet Scene with Tamara Karsavina 1914 (Pochoir Print) Giclee Print by Georges Barbier

George Barbier, Dessins Sur Les Danses De Vaslav Nijinsky, 1913

George Barbier, Dessins Sur Les Danses De Vaslav Nijinsky, 1913

Leon Bakst, Programme Officiel De La Saison Russe, 1913

Leon Bakst, Programme Officiel De La Saison Russe, 1913

George Barbier, Dessins Sur Les Danses De Vaslav Nijinsky, 1913

George Barbier, Dessins Sur Les Danses De Vaslav Nijinsky, 1913

Leon Bakst, Programme Officiel A Palais Des Beaux-Arts De Bruxelles, 1928

Leon Bakst, Programme Officiel A Palais Des Beaux-Arts De Bruxelles, 1928

Leon Bakst, Comœdia Illustré No16: La Saison Russe A L’Opéra, 1914

Leon Bakst, Comœdia Illustré No16: La Saison Russe A L’Opéra, 1914

Leon Bakst, Comœdia Illustré No16: La Saison Russe A L’Opéra, 1914

Leon Bakst, Comœdia Illustré No16: La Saison Russe A L’Opéra, 1914

Leon Bakst, Serge De Diaghileff’s Ballet Russe, 1916

Leon Bakst, Serge De Diaghileff’s Ballet Russe, 1916

Leon Bakst, Programme Officiel De La Saison Russe A L’Opera, 1910

Leon Bakst, Programme Officiel De La Saison Russe A L’Opera, 1910

Leon Bakst [And] Andre Levinson, The Designs Of Leon Bakst For The Sleeping Princess, 1922

Leon Bakst [And] Andre Levinson, The Designs Of Leon Bakst For The Sleeping Princess, 1922

Arsene Alexandre And Jean Cocteau, The Decorative Art Of Leon Bakst, 1913

Fundamentally a costume and set designer most famous for his work for the Ballets Russes, his Illustration has a huge concentration o.

Andre Levinson, Bakst. The Story of the Artist's Life, 1923

Costume for the Englishman, from La Boutique Fantastique, 1917 - Leon Bakst

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