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Léon BAKST

Léon BAKST

1866–1924, Russia

Name: Léon BAKST
Birth: 1866, Russia
Died: 1924
Lived & Active In: S:t Petersburg, Russia

Léon Bakst was born in Grodno, White Russia.
His grandfather, was a talented tailor who won the favors of the Tsar
during the Crimean War. This allowed him to settle in St-Petersburg.
In spite of his parents who resented his taste for the arts,
Léon Bakst was advised to complete his studies prior to entering the Academy.
He did it the other way round and was evicted from the Academy for presenting a subject
that the jury thought too unconventional.
Léon Bakst lost his grandfather the year his parents divorced. He then
started to look afterhis mother and sister Sophie who was raising
four children by herself. They becamea close family. Everyone
contributed to the daily needs, the Kliatchkos with their drawings and colorings, the Manfreds
with their literature and translation.
It is at this hard time in his life that his friend Kanaev came to his
rescue and put him in touch withCount Benkendorf, an amateur painter,
who introduced him tothe Grand Duke Vladimir, the Tsar\\\'s uncle and President
of the Academy. The Grand Duke put him in charge of his children\\\'s education.
In the meantime, thanks to Albert Benois, a very talented watercolor painter,
Léon Bakst met Alexandre Benois, who founded the
Mir Iskusstva Movement and received the visits ofK. Somov, Walter Nouvel,
D. Filosofov and his cousin S. Diaghilev.
In 1898, Alexandre Benois\\\'s friend circle officially became the
Mir Iskusstva Movement and Léon Bakst attended their exhibitions every year...

Source: http://www.leon-bakst.com/php/biographie.php?lang=en

Autumn In Gatchina Park, St. Petersburg by Léon BAKST

Autumn In Gatchina Park, St. Petersburg

Price GBP 2,500 (€2,992)
Estimated GBP 2,000–3,000
Costume Design For Firebird by Léon BAKST

Costume Design For Firebird (1922)

Price GBP 242,500 (€290,270)
Incl. buyer's premium
Estimated GBP 150,000–200,000
The Yellow Sultana by Léon BAKST

The Yellow Sultana (1916)

Price GBP 937,250 (€1,121,880)
Incl. buyer's premium
Estimated GBP 350,000–450,000
(3) Studies For Costumes No 67, 68, 69 by Léon BAKST

(3) Studies For Costumes No 67, 68, 69

Price SEK 1,100,000 (€113,971)
Estimated SEK 300,000–400,000
Untitled by Léon BAKST

Untitled (1910)

Price SEK 115,000 (€10,843)
Estimated SEK 80,000–100,000