Friday, January 17, 2014

Tropical Mystery Gods

No one does stuff like this anymore.

The image is the set design for "le dieu bleu" by Leon Blakst, 1912

le dieu bleu was a ballet by the famous Ballets Russe. Famous names involved include Serge Diaghelev (impressario), Michael Fokine (choreographer), Nijinsky (literally the most famous and legendary male ballet dancer in the history of the art form), Jean Cocteau (co-writer with Federico de Madrazo y Ochoa of the story), and Leon Blakst.

More Bakst, the set for Afternoon of a Faun (  L'apr├Ęs-midi d'un faune ):

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