Costume design for a Polish Gentleman in Boris Godunov

Maker and role
Artist: Léon Bakst, Russian, 1866-1924
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Object detail

Watercolor, graphite, ink, and metallic paint on paper, mounted on board
sheet, 10 5/8 x 8 3/8in (27 x 21.3cm)
Credit line
Gift of Robert L. B. Tobin
Accession number
Theatre production
Opera by Modest Mussorgsky. Produced by Diaghilev's Ballets Russes, Théâtre des Champs-Élysées, Paris, 1913.
Designing Dreams: A Celebration of Léon Bakst; 2016; p. 116, no. 21
Signature & date
Signed, l.r.: Bakst
Inscribed: Boris Godounov Polonais
Inscribed, upper right, recto: To my dear Ga.....inan Jakolevich Svetlov as a remembrance from (your)...friend Lev Bakst 1913
Inscribed, verso: To Vera Aleksandrovna Trefilova -- as a gift for the decoration of a future museum in 19--27. Paris 30 January 1925.
This watercolor was exhibited at the International exhibition of Theatre Art in 1914. After the war, the Germans returned all objects to their owners.


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