LIMITED FIRST EDITION OF BAKST, 1927, ONE OF ONLY 600 COPIES WITH 20 PHOTO-TYPE PLATES HAND-COLORED IN POCHOIR AT THE ATELIER OF DANIEL JACOMET
BAKST, Leon. Bakst. New York: Brentano's, 1927. Folio (10 by 13 inches), original self wrappers (French flaps), uncut. $6200.
Limited first edition of this work on Bakst, one of 600 copies, with 20 photo-type plates of costumes exquisitely hand-colored en pochoir at the atelier of Daniel Jacomet (the leading exponent of pochoir printing at the time), five mounted color-printed plates, and five black-and-white plates, and also featuring four important essays on Bakst.
This collection of Bakst's works is composed entirely of previously unpublished pieces. "In the book of fame, the name of Léon Bakst is writ large… He was destined to modify profoundly the whole conception of the western stage." A gifted painter, Bakst is best remembered for the sets and costumes he designed for Diaghilev's Ballet Russes in the early decades of the 20th century. However, Bakst's talents stretched far beyond Ballet Russes and this work examines many of his other accomplishments. "Bakst's greatest claim to theatrical glory lies in his feeling for synthesis, in his impeccable instinct for harmony" (Levinson). In addition to the ten color and black-and-white printed plates included here, there are 20 magnificent photo-type plates hand-colored en pochoir. They were executed at the atelier of Daniel Jacomet, who was a leader in pochoir and worked with masters such as Picasso, Braque, Matisse, Klee, and many others. The four essays address topics such as Bakst's life, his innovative role in the modern art of Western Europe (despite his Russian heritage), discussion of the enduring value of Bakst's work, and his unique artistic interpretation of music. Copies of this work are difficult to find intact, as most have been taken apart for their plates.
Plates and text fine, expert restoration to original wrappers.