Arts Everyday Living: Inside Russian Art—Nijinsky, The Mad Clown of Dance

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INSIDE RUSSIAN ART

NIJINSKY: THE MAD CLOWN OF DANCE 

 

People like eccentrics. Therefore they will leave me alone, saying that I am a mad clown.

Vaslav Nijinsky, The Diary of Nijinksy

Leon Bakst, Costume deign for Nijinsky as Chinese Dancer in Les Orientales, 1917, watercolor & graphite on paper, McNay Art Museum, San Antonio, Texas

Leon Bakst, Costume deign for Nijinsky as Chinese Dancer in Les Orientales, 1917, watercolor & graphite on paper, McNay Art Museum, San Antonio, Texas

Russians Vaslav Nijinsky (1889/1890-1950) and Leon Bakst (1866-1924) both were creative forces behind the Ballet Russes which revolutionized dance and performing arts in pre-World War I Europe.  Nijinsky was the star of productions such as The Rite of Spring and Afternoon of a Faun, works that often shocked critics and audiences.  While artist Bakst designed the colorful sets and costumes, with Nijinsky serving as his primary model, posing for instance as a Chinese Dancer above.

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