3 June 2015 Russian Art Auctions

3 June 2015

Artist Index / Full Catalogue

Set Design for N. Rimsky-Korsakov's Opera " Snegurochka"

* 94. ANISFELD, BORIS (1878-1973)

Set Design for N. Rimsky-Korsakov's Opera " Snegurochka"

Pencil and oil on panel, 58 by 78.5 cm.
25,000-30,000 GBP

Executed in 1921.

Provenance: Estate of the artist.

Authenticity of the work has been confirmed by the expert D. Volyak.

Literature: E. Lingenauber, O. Sugrobova-Roth, Boris Anisfeld. Catalogue raisonné, Düsseldorf, Edition Libertars, 2011, p. 235, T 462, illustrated and listed.

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 staged 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 realised in the outlandish picturesqueness of the scenery painted and the costumes by the imaginative Boris Anisfeld.”

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