Victoria and Albert Museum

The world’s greatest museum of art and design

Born in Russia in 1866, Léon Bakst belonged to that young generation of European artists who rebelled against 19th century stage realism, which had become pedantic and literal, without imagination or theatricality. There were no specialist trained theatre designers, so painters like Léon Bakst turned their painting skills to theatre design. Bakst’s fame lay in the ballets he designed for the Diaghilev Ballets Russes, and huge pageant spectaculars for dancer and patron, Ida Rubinstein.

Strawberry Thief Free iPad Game

Strawberry Thief by BAFTA award winning games designer Sophia George is a playful celebration of the work of Victorian designer William Morris. Uncover the famous Arts and Crafts design by drawing on your screen with your finger and watch your iPad transform from blank paper to an animated masterpiece.

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Diaghilev and the Golden Age of the Ballets Russes 1909 - 1929 (Hardback)

Diaghilev and the Golden Age of the Ballets Russes 1909 - 1929 (Hardback)

‘A sumptuous illustrated catalog.’ Suzy Menkes, International Herald Tribune Serge Diaghilev (1872–1929) was an extraor…

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