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Leon Bakst (1866-1924) was a Russian painter and scene- and costume designer who helped revolutionize the arts he worked in. Leon was born in Grodno (currently Belarus) in a middle-class Jewish family. Beginning in 1909 Bakst worked mostly as a stage-designer, designing sets for Greek tragedies, and in 1908 made a name as a scene-painter for Diaghilev with the Ballets Russes (Cleopatra (1909), Scheherazade (1910), Carnaval (1910), Narcisse (1911), Le Spectre de la Rose (1911), Daphnis et Chloe (1912)). All that time he lived in Europe because as a Jew he did not have the right to live outside certain regions in Russia.   more from wikipedia »