"the rose-and-haze pastel portrait of my mother by Bakst "

La Sultane, Leon Bakst (185 * 240) 
Public DomainLa Sultane, Leon Bakst - Credit: Julo

The portrait of Nabokov's mother by Leon Bakst, done at the family home in 1910, is apparently stored in the State Russian Museum in St Petersburg, along with watercolour sketches made for the ballet Scheherazade, left behind by the Nabokov family when they fled St Petersburg in 1918. The Nabokovs also collected works by other contemporary artists, many of them friends of the family, including Alexandre Benois and Konstantin Somov. The celebrated landscape painter Msistislav Dobuzhinsky was hired by the Nabokovs to teach young Vladimir to draw.