Leon Bakst and the Garretts: A chronology

1866 Lev Samoilovitch Rosenberg is born in what is now Belarus. (He later adopts the “less Jewish” name Leon Bakst.)

1877 Alice Warder is born in Springfield, Ohio.

(Collection of Evergreen House Foundation, Evergreen Museum and Library, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore) - Portrait of Leon Baskt, undated photograph.

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1898 Serge Diaghilev and Bakst produce the journal World of Art.

1908 Alice Warder marries diplomat John Work Garrett in Washington.

1909 The first Ballets Russes season in Paris.

1910 Bakst designs scenery for “Scheherazade.”

1912 Bakst designs sets for Vaslav Nijinsky’s “Afternoon of a Faun.”

1914 The Garretts move to Paris and to work for the State Department during World War I. Mrs. Garrett attends her first Ballets Russes performance and meets Bakst.

1917 Mrs. Garrett is listed in programs as “Dame Patroness” of the Ballets Russes. “Parade” premieres. Diaghilev rescinds Bakst’s contract to design “La Boutique Fantasque.”

1919 The Garretts return to the United States. Bakst asks Alice Garrett to become his American agent.

1920 An exhibition of Bakst’s work (organized by Alice Garrett) is held at New York’s M. Knoedler & Co. It tours to four states.

1921 An exhibition of Bakst’s work is held at the Maryland Institute College of Art. The painter George Bellows and Vanity Fair editor Frank Crowninshield are the Garretts’ guests.

1922-1923 Bakst lives at Evergreen, designs the theater and dining room, and lectures at the Maryland Institute College of Art.

March-April 1924 Bakst returns to Baltimore and designs Evergreen’s Asian art gallery.

December 1924 Bakst dies in Paris.

1942 John Work Garrett dies.

1952 Alice Warder Garrett dies.

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