Set Design for N. Rimsky-Korsakov's Opera " Snegurochka".
Pencil and oil on panel, 58 by 78.5 cm.
Executed in 1921.
Provenance: Estate of the artist.
Authenticity of the work has been confirmed by the expert D. Volyak.
Literature: E. Lingenauber and O. Sugrobova-Roth, Boris Anisfeld. Catalogue raisonné, Düsseldorf, Edition Libertars, 2011, p. 235, T 462, illustrated.
The present lot is a set design for the 1922 production of Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov’s Snegurochka at the Metropolitan Opera in New York. When the Metropolitan performed the production in Philadelphia a year later, the Public Ledger published the following review: “The opera was sung in French, but the Russian atmosphere was realized in the outlandish picturesqueness of the scenery painted and the costumes by the imaginative Boris Anisfeld.”