Original color costume and property designs, 6 for the theater production Phaedre (1923), by Gabriele D'Annunzio, translated by Doderet, music by Pizelli; and one for Aladin (undated). There are also several unidentified designs, 2 possibly for Helene de Sparte (1919) book by Emile Verhaeren, music by Deodat de Severac.
Biographical/historical: Ballet, theater and opera designer, and artist Leon Bakst (1866-1924) was born in Grodno, Russia and studied art in St. Petersburg and in Paris. Some of Bakst's best-known works were for Serge Diaghilev's Ballets Russes. He died at his home in Paris.
Content: Several of the designs contain handwritten notes in pencil; some are stamped with the artist's name
Content: Folder 1 contains an undated portrait of Pierre Bertin as Paul in Aladin
Content: Folders 2-7 contain designs for Phaedre (1923)
Content: Folders 8-9 contain costume designs for an unidentified production, possibly Helene de Sparte (1919)
Content: Folders 10-11contain prop and set decoration designs for unidentified productions, possibly La pisanelle (1913) or The martyrdom of St. Sebastian (1911)