1866 - 1924
HELEN OF SPARTA
signed in Latin and dated 1922 l.l.
gouache over pencil heightened with silver on artist's board
67.5 by 49cm, 26½ by 19¼in.
The paper layer is delaminating from the board, most notably along the right edge. There are pinholes in the two top corners and a length of tape along the top edge which is coming away in places. There are two minor tears to the right edge. The paper has discoloured in line with age and there is scattered foxing in places. A few faint surface scratches are visible in the blue of the skirt and there are scratched indentations in the paper to the middle left of the background. Otherwise in very good condition and the colours are strong. Held in a wooden frame behind glass.
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This reworking of an earlier costume design for Helen of Sparta was one of many Bakst created for the American market ahead of his first trip to New York and exhibition at the Knoedler Galleries. All these watercolours were executed in the same unusually large format and almost all are dated 1922.