The Russian designer and painter Leon Bakst (1866-1924), born Lev Samuilovich Rozenberg, is more generally known for his luscious costume and set designs for Diaghilev's Ballets Russes as witness Scheherazade. When I discovered his magnificent portrait of Rachel Strong, the future Countess Henri de Buazhelen, on Wikimedia, I was entranced and knew I had to sell it on First Night Vintage. What I wouldn't do to be dressed thus - such elegance. If I had the means and the money, I would get gifted photographer James Hall, whose recreations of classics I have enjoyed on his blog, to recreate the portrait with me and my dog! I can dream.
Who was Rachel Strong? Apart from marrying Count Henri de Buazhelen, I have been able to find nothing of note about either of them, which is a shame. If anyone comes across a snippet of information, do let me know.
August 27th, 2015
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