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PROPERTY FROM THE JACQUELINE FOWLER COLLECTION

Léon Bakst
DELPHI
JUMP TO LOT
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PROPERTY FROM THE JACQUELINE FOWLER COLLECTION

Léon Bakst
DELPHI
JUMP TO LOT

Details & Cataloguing

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Léon Bakst
1866 - 1924
DELPHI
signed in Latin l.r.; further titled in Cyrillic and bearing a label on the reverse
watercolour on cardboard
17 by 35cm, 6 3/4 by 13 3/4 in.
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Provenance

The family of the artist
Sotheby Parke-Bernet, New York, Dance, Theatre, Opera and Music Hall, 18 December 1980, lot 20

Literature

A.Levinson, Histoire de Léon Bakst, Paris: Société d'Éditions et de Librairie Henri Reynaud, 1924, pl.XLVIII illustrated
C.Spencer, Leon Bakst, London: Academy Editions, 1973, p.45, no.33 illustrated b/w; p.226, no.33 listed
C.Spencer, Bakst in Greece, Athens: GEMA Publications, 2009, pp.114-115 illustrated
L.Bakst, Serov i ya v Gretsii. Dorozhnye zapiski, Moscow: State Tretyakov Gallery, 2016, p.110 illustrated

Catalogue Note

According to Charles Spencer, the present lot is one of the watercolours Bakst executed during his trip to Greece with his mentor and friend Valentin Serov. On 5 May 1907, they boarded a boat at Odessa, sailing first to Constantinople, where they spent two days, and arriving in Athens on 9 May. After a visit to the Acropolis, Bakst went to the Archaeological collection, where he tirelessly sketched statues and vases which were to inform his paintings and work for theatre. From Athens the two friends went to Delphi to see the pan-Hellenic sanctuary, where the oracle of Apollo spoke, and the lush countryside depicted in the present lot. Alexander Benois commented on Bakst's obsession with Greece at the time in an article for the magazine Rech' in 1909: 'Bakst has plunged into Hellas; with what communicative fire he talks of Greece, particularly the discoveries of Evans on Crete. Bakst is obsessed with Hellas, he swears by her, he thinks only of her'.

The label on the reverse suggests that the present lot is connected to Bakst's 1912 set and costume designs for Hélène de Sparte.  

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