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At the end of the 19th century, the sleeping beauty ballet was first shown at the Mariinsky Theater in St. Petersburg. The author of the libretto was Marius Petipa based on the tale of Charles Perrault, composed by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky. The ballet made a splash, and one of those who made a lasting impression was the artist Lev Bakst. He was delighted with the fabulous world of fairies and princesses, the brightness and variety of colors.
Bakst, a native of Grodno, was one of the most talented artists in Russia who joined the world of art organized by Alexander Benois and Sergey Diaghilev. After the publication of the same edition of Diaghilev, decorated with graphics, Leo Bakst woke up famous.
Much later, already in France, Sergey Diaghilev, in the framework of his Russian seasons, decided to re-establish the Sleeping Beauty. It was these entreprise that served as the world-wide recognition of Russian directors, composers, opera singers and choreographers, including decorators. For the production of the story of the sleeping princess, Diaghilev gathered a galaxy of Russian celebrities - Igor Stravinsky worked on the scores, Bronislava Nizhinskaya staged the ballet, Nikolai Sergeyev choreographed, and Lev Bakst was invited to stage the scenery and costumes.
For an amazingly short period, he created a huge number of mock-ups of scenery, costumes, sketches of accessories, shoes with his own hands. Sketches were characterized by the bold use of colors, harmonious transitions from one tone to another, now, after almost a century, immersing in the atmosphere of one of the most ambitious productions in the history of ballet
Pictures of Stanislav Zhukovsky