Russian-born artist Leon Bakst first came into contact with the Ballets Russes in 1908. From then until 1922 he created designs for Sergei Diaghilev’s troupe, his sets and stagewear particularly thrilling for the pan-European avant-garde who flocked to the Russian company’s performances.
Léon Samoilovitch Bakst (10 May 1866 – 28 December 1924) was a Russian painter, scene and costume designer. He was a member of the Sergei Diaghilev circle and the Ballets Russes, for which he designed exotic, richly coloured sets and costumes. His paintings are just so vibrant and animated. You can really see and feel the dancers turning and leaping in his paintings.