25 - 28 November 2012 Russian Art Auctions

25 Nov 2012

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Costume Design for the Merchant Dikoy from Alexander Ostrovsky's Play "The Storm"

* 211. KUSTODIEV, BORIS (1878–1927)

Costume Design for the Merchant Dikoy from Alexander Ostrovsky's Play "The Storm", signed, titled, inscribed "Groza" in Cyrillic and dated 1920.

Pencil and watercolour on paper, 34.5 by 21.5 cm.
50,000–70,000 GBP


Provenance: Private collection, Europe.

Authenticity of the work has been confirmed by the expert E. Chesnova.

Related literature: M. Etkind, Boris Kustodiev, Moscow, Sovetskii khudozhnik, 1982, p. 308.

Boris Kustodiev first produced set designs for Alexander Ostrovsky’s drama The Storm in 1918. Towards the end of 1919, the director A. Korshun asked Kustodiev to produce set and costume designs for another production of the play. The artist submitted the designs on 30 January 1920, but the production was never realised. In May of the same year Kustodiev exhibited seven set and 14 costume designs for The Storm at his solo exhibition in Petrograd.


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