Arts: Bakst

As it must to all men, Death came to Leon Bakst, famed Russian: stage-designer, painter. He died, after a long illness, in Paris where he had spent the last 18 years of his life. While adept in formal painting, he won his greatest fame with his scenic and costume designs for many brilliant ballets produced in France, Russia, England, the U.S.

"Life," said Leon Bakst, "is long, and Art is play. Painting can be good only when it has been great fun in the doing."

Music inspired him, Art fostered him. Born of Jewish parents in St. Petersburg (now Leningrad), he...

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