Img. ID: 13943
The picture represents a design for the night scene of the play. Three grey houses are placed diagonally from the lower left corner to the center of the work. The staircases turned in different directions are leading to each of the houses. The front wall of the first house is absent so that the spectator can see the interior, where a red bench with a curved back is standing under a square window. Behind the houses on the level of their roofs one can see rickety fences. The dark blue colour of the background together with the whitness of the roofs, black bare trunks of trees jutting out from behind of the houses, black silhouettes of houses in the distance and black steps leading upstairs towards the door of one of the houses, are creating impression of winter night.
Akselrod, Stage design for "The Quality of Judgement" by Dovid Bergelson | *Fine art | *Theater design | Stage set
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Russia | Moskovskaia obl. | Moscow
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The work is painted with watercolors with use of white gouache on thin paper.
Documented by CJA
Surveyed by CJA
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Signature in LL. M.Akselrod in Russian cursive letters. Pencil.
Summary and Remarks
The play "The Quality of Judgement" by D.Bergelson (originally "Midat ha din" - a cabalistic hebrew term denoting a quality of Divine judgement) was put on stage in Moscow GOSSET (State Hebrew Theatre) by S.Michoels in 1933. The performance was dedicated to the 16th anniversary of the October revolution. The action of the play takes place in a schtetl in the period of the Civil war (1918-1921), where the representative of ChK (Commitee Extraordinary) Philippov is establishing new order.
1991 brought to Israel.
Main Surveys & Excavations
Fedorov,G. "Meir Akselrod". Moscow, p.,18-19.
| M.Y. 5.1994
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