In addition to being a painter and draftsman of renown in St. Petersburg and Paris, Leon Bakst was also a costume and stage designer for much of his career. This drawing predominantly executed in gouache, with inscriptions for measurements in black chalk, was a stage prop for a production of Gabriele d'Annunzio's "Phaedre," which premiered 6 June 1923 at the Paris Opera. Bakst produced many costume and stage designs for this production, including a set design, currently in the Musée National d'Art Moderne, Centre Pompidou, Paris.
Design for a Stage Prop from "Phaedre"
Gouache with black chalk on paper.
9 x 13 inches (229 x 331 mm)
The Joseph F. McCrindle Collection.
Inscribed at lower left, "Bakst"; inscribed in black chalk, "[...]".
Joseph F. McCrindle, New York (McCrindle collection no. A0026), as "Design for a Lotter from "Phaedre."