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(VII) Img. ID: 13950 Akselrod, A design for a super-curtain for "Boitre the Robber" by M.Kulbak, , Kyiv (Kiev), 1936 edit  
Category: Modern Jewish Art

General Document

2 Name/Title Akselrod, A design for a super-curtain for "Boitre the Robber" by M.Kulbak | Unknown
3a Object Stage set
3b Object Detail
4a Artist/ Maker Akselrod, Meir (1902-1970) (Painter)
5 Date 1936
5a Activity Dates
5b Reconstruction Dates
6 Period Unknown
6a Period Detail
7 Origin Ukraine | Kyivs'ka obl. | Kyiv (Kiev)
8 Community Ashkenazi
9 Collection Israel | Maale Adumim | Yachilevich Family
9a Documentation / Research project Unknown
10 Location Unknown|
11 Site Unknown
12 School/Style by: Primitivism.|
13 Iconographical Subject Musician |
14 Category
17 Photographer Radovan, Zev
18 Photograph Date 04.1994
19 Negative/ Photo. No. 724-18
19a Scan No.
20 Description צ' וועגנ שלאפנ שונ עס שלאפט צ' וועלט. אונ אז עף ג''ט ארוס א'נ מ'טנ נאכט צ' כלא פעס א'נ צ' סראכעס א גרוסע א''מע פוגלענ שלאפנ נ'ט א'נ ק'עוועף וואלצ וו'ל עף ג''ט הלשנ דעם געוו'נלעכעף]...[ מאנ בוטרע גר''ט כ'נ צארעס צער אלמאנע אונ 'עסומע. In the center of the picture, on the top of a green and grey hill one can see a jewish musician playing a pipe. He is dressed in a peaked cap, a white shirt and dark crimson coat. He is standing in a half-turn to the left. A low white fence outlines the triangular form of the hill. It goes upwards from the left lower corner of the drawing, rounds the top of the hill and goes half way downwards the second slope, where it disappears as though in the depth of the space. A black stripe of the background is also following the outlines of the hill. Above this stripe in the corners there are two similar triangles of green and grey colour representing the sides of a raised curtain. (On the stage this small curtain was hanging before the main one.) The edges of the triangles are decorated with a white lace, reminding of a fence outlining the hill under them. There is a large inscription in Yiddish written on the black background to the left and to the right of the musician. It is written in white letters in four lines. It runs as follows: "The roads are already sleeping and sleeps the world. The rich men and the merchats are terror-stricken when he appears in the middle of the night. The birds are not sleeping in the Kiev wood when he makes his way to help to common people. Boitre does not have in store troubles for a widow and for an orfan."
21 Ornamentation
22 Custom
23 Contents
24 Codicology
24a Scribes
24b Script
24c Number of Lines
24d Ruling
24e Pricking
24f Quires
24g Catchwords
24h Hebrew Numeration
24i Blank Leaves

25 Material/Technique
The work is painted with gouache on the back side of an outline map.
25a Material Structure
25b Material Decoration
25c Material Bonding
25d Material Inscription
25e Material Additions
25f Material Cloth
25g Material Lining
25h Tesserae Arrangement
25i Density
25j Colors
25k Construction Material

26 Measurements
26a Height 270mm.
26b Length 470mm.
26c Width
26d Depth
26e Circumference
26f Thickness
26g Diameter
26h Weight
26i Axis
26j Panel Measurements
27 Direction/Location
27a Façade (main)
27b Entrances
27c Location of Torah Ark
27d Location of Apse
27e Location of Niche
27f Location of Reader's Desk
27g Location of Platform
27h Temp: Architecture Axis
27i< Arrangement of Seats
27j Location of Women's Section
27k Direction Prayer
27l Direction Toward Jerusalem

28 Coin
28a Coin Series
28b Coin Ruler
28c Coin Year
28d Denomination

29 Signature
Signature in LR. M.Akselrod,36 in Russian cursive letters. Gouache and brush.
30 Colophon
31 Scribal Notes
32 Watermark
33 Hallmark
33a Group
33b Subgroup
33c Hallmark Identification
33d Hallmark Group Classification
33e Hallmark Reference
34 Trade Mark
35 Binding
36 Decoration Program
36 Summary and Remarks
"Boitre the Robber" is a play by Bielorussian jewish writer M.Kulbak. It was staged in Kiev GOSSET in 1936. A year later, after the arrest of M.Kulbak, the play was excluded from the repertoire of the theatre. The events described in the play take place in the beginning of the 19th century. Boitre - a jewish Robin Hood, a defender of poor people, a noble avenger - restores justice in jewish schtetls. The design of the theatre curtain is probably influenced by motives of jewish tombstones -mazevot. (See, for example, D.Goberman "Jewish Tombstones", Moscow, 1993, ill.No.155.)
38 Suggested Reconstruction
39 History/Provenance
1991 brought to Israel.
40 Main Surveys & Excavations
41 Condition
42 Biography
43 Bibliography
G.Fedorov "Meir Akslrod", Moscow, p.,19. E.Akselrod "Meir Akselrod", Jerusalem, 1993, ill. No.73.
43a Short Name
43b Full Name
43c Volume
43d Page

44 Type
45 Temp: Batch Number
0021 | 036
46 Temp: Aleph Number
47 Temp: Sys. Number / Doc. Name
48 Temp: Addenda
:NO : Ma.1736
:MED : Gouache on paper

Function: Name: Date:
49 Documenter M.Y. 6.1994 49a
50 Researcher 50a
51 Architectural Drawings 51a
52 Computer Reconstruction 52a
53 Section Head 53a
54 Editor 54a
55 Donor 55a