(a/k/a Lev Samoilovich Rosenberg)
|Inventory No: NAPT.1999.000016
|Leon Bakst (1866-1924), Russian, Water Colour,"Parting of Daphnis and Chloe", Act 3, (31-½" x 51")
|Leon Bakst (Lev Samoilovich Rosenberg)(1866-1924), Russian
Artist: Leon Bakst, (1866-1924), Russian
Title: Shepherd and Shepherdess with flock²
Production: Parting of Daphnis and Chloe, Act 3 (III)
Date: 1912 (Acquired in 1954¹)
Medium: Original Set Design
Materials: Water Color on Beige Paper
Markings: Signed. Lower Right Corner
Dimensions: 31-½" x 51"
Framed: Yes, item has remained in the original frame when acquired by Mr. Prince and Mr. Hemphill, Jr.
Prince Trust u/a/d 10.18.1999
Mr. Neal Prince
Mr. Neal Prince and Mr. Herbert Waide Hemphill, Jr.¹
781 Fifth Avenue, New York
Source documentation for the Fine Arts Appraisal for Herbert W. Hemphill, Jr., May 12, 1964, Page 5/13
Footnote: Provenance is fully noted
within Herbert Waide Hemphill, Jr. (a/k/a Bert) insurance policy executed by Neal Prince in 1964 and is filed with the Smithsonian Institute American Archives
in Box 6, in Folders 13-18.
Footnote¹: This item is part of Mr. Prince's Theatre
Footnote: "Notes on the Daphnis et Chloe Ballet: The lovers'
sings among the sheep, the pirates' brutal interruption, the least terrifying of storms succeeded by the most perfectly curved
rainbows; dainty dresses which might have been designed by Ovid, and rags corroded by sea-iodine. Monsieur Bakst has shown
us a fearsome glimpse between two mossy glades and the rugged creek where the pirate’s chain up poor Chloe while they
indulge in their rough horse-play and nothing could provide a more delightful contrast to their gruesome gambols than Daphnis'
dance, tinkling and twinkling dew, or the ever-breaking garland of the most Latin of farandoles. Do the pirates really exist,
or are they the creations of a nightmare? - And those metallic goddesses? And the great god Pan? May not the whole thing more
likely be a figment of Daphnis' dreaming fancy?...."Daphnis et Chloe" ends with an awakening which suggests exactly the requisite
degree of dazzled disillusion." Page 45-6, Publication: "THE DECORATIVE ART OF
LEON BAKST, Appreciation by Arsene Alexandre, Notes of the Ballet
by Jean Cocteau, c. 1913, reissued 1970, Benjamin Blom, Inc.,
Published: Published in the Book: THE DECORATIVE ART
LEON BAKST, by Arsene Alexandre, © 1913, reprint © 1971, Benjamin Blom Publishers,
New York; plate 57. Dimensions: (31-½” x 51”), copy on file within the Trust.
that hold said Artist works:
ArtInstitute of Chicago
Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco
Museum of Fine Arts,
National Gallery of Australia
Harvard University Art Museums
Jane Voorhees Zimmerli Art Museum at Rutgers University
National Gallery of Armenia
Leon Bakst (1866-1924), Russian
Leon Bakst was born in
Bakst is a sensational stage and costume designer for Sergei Diaghilev's "Ballets Russes" Leon Bakst was one of the most sensational
designers of the century – grandiose, sensual, overwhelming, and a crucial influence on Art Deco as well as the Diaghilev
ballet. His designs are a mingling of very elegant and refined styles, themes and techniques, influenced by Greek vase painters
and miniaturists. The use of vivid color is what Bakst is best remembered for in his designs. He died in
Paris in 1924.
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