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La Péri

Photo credit: Ben Uri Collection

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Bakst’s 'La Péri' was commissioned by Diaghilev for the Ballets Russes in 1911. Paul Dukas composed the ballet, insisting that his mistress Natacha Trouhanova (whose name appears in the top right corner of the work) should be its female principal, however, the production was cancelled because Diaghilev did not consider Trouhanova skilled enough to partner Nijinsky. It was also remarked that her more robust figure little resembled Bakst's delicate Persian elf. Bakst’s considered use of line evokes a sense of rhythmic movement enhanced by the delightful exoticism of his decorative costume.

Ben Uri Gallery & Museum



La Péri




lithograph on paper


H 55 x W 38 cm

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Acquisition method

presented by Fred Davidson, 1948

Work type


Signature/marks description

Signed and dated (lower right): Bakst 1911

Inscription description

Edition number on lower left: 43/50


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