Leon Bakst was an artist and costume & scene designer from Russia who lived from 1866-1924. Honestly, I decided to research him because his name sounded cool! It turns out he lived a very interesting life. He was born as Lev Rosenburg to a Jewish middle class family in Belarus, Russia. He grew up first finding a passion for art in the architecture of his grandfather’s house. After this discovery, he entered an art contest at the age of 12 and won; this sparked his desire to become an artist. His parents didn’t approve- nonetheless he eventually worked his way into the St. Petersburg Academy of the Arts. During his adult life he showcased multiple works of art in many exhibits. He also worked with the Ballets Russes as a scene designer for Diaghilev. The most interesting fact I found though was that Bakst trained the artist Marc Chagall. I’ve seen alot of his works in museums in San Francisco and I found it fascinating that Leon taught him. He even commented on Chagall that he was his favorite student as he would listen to Bakst’s instructions but then completely deviate from them and create his own works of art.