Costume design for Puss in Boots in La Belle au Bois Dormant (The Sleeping Princess)

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

Watercolor, metallic paint, and graphite on paper
18 13/16 x 12 3/4in (47.8 x 32.4cm)
Credit line
Gift of Robert L. B. Tobin
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Theatre production
Ballet with music by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky, partially reorchestrated by Igor Stravinsky, and choreography by Marius Petipa and Bronislava Nijinska. Produced by Diaghilev's Ballets Russes, Alhambra Theatre, London, 1921.
Further information
The Sleeping Princess includes characters from other fairy tales by Charles Perrault including the cunning Puss in Boots, who performs a character dance at Aurora's wedding.
L'Oeuvre de Léon Bakst pour La Belle au Bois Dormant; Andre Levinson (b.1887, d.1933); 1922; plate VI
Bakst and Benois: The Tobin Wing, 1985; 1985
The Art of Enchantment: Diaghilev's Ballets Russes, 1909-1929; 1988; p. 2, no. 24; frontispiece
Léon Bakst: The Theatre Art; 1991
Léon Bakst and the Ballets Russes; Charles Spencer (b.1921, d.2010); 1995; fig. 328
Modern Art at the McNay: A Brief History and Pictorial Survey of the Collection; William J. Chiego; 2001
Designing Dreams: A Celebration of Léon Bakst; 2016; p. 118, no. 27
Signature & date
Signed and dated, l.r.: Bakst 1921


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