Ida Rubinstein

Ida Rubinshtein
Ида Рубинштейн
Ida Rubinstein 1922.jpg
Born Ida Lvovna Rubinshtein (or Rubinshteyn) [1] [2] [3]
(1883-10-05)5 October 1883
Kharkov, Russian Empire
Died 20 September 1960(1960-09-20) (aged 76)
Vence, France
Occupation dancer, actress
Years active 1908-1939
Partner(s) Romaine Brooks
Valentin Serov, Portrait of Ida Rubenstein as Salome, 1910.
Bakst's design for Ida as Helene de Sparte, 1912.

Ida Lvovna Rubinstein [4] 5 October 1885 – 20 September 1960) was a Russian ballerina, actress, personality and patron.

Early life and training

Rubinstein was born in Kharkov, or possibly St. Petersburg, [5]p408 into a wealthy Jewish family. She was orphaned at an early age. [6] She had, by the standard of Russian ballet, little formal training. Tutored by Mikhail Fokine, she made her debut in 1908. This was a single private performance of Oscar Wilde's Salomé, in which she stripped nude in the course of the Dance of the Seven Veils.