The work represents an interior of a rich man's house. It shows a large and spacy room. A long table covered with white cloth is standing diagonally in its center. Four chairs are moved up to it from its left. A brown arm-chair with a hight richly decorated back is standing frontally to the right of the table. To the left, a little bit in the depth there is a reading-desk for praying. A white colomn with a lion on its top standing on the foreground boarders the room from the left. The whole central part is raised above the level of the floor. Three small steps are leading to it from the right. From the back side it is enclosed with a wall cut with archs, supported by two white colomns. A small half-arch develops into a highter and a wider one. Through the large opening between the colomns in the middle one can see a brown aron kodesh standing against the back wall. Two lions holding a crown are represented in its upper part. A small window can be seen above aron kodesh. To its left there is a staircase leading to a door. To its right there is a large window of Baroque outlines and in the depth in the opening between the colomn and the edge of the drawing another arch partly covered with red veil and another door can be seen. A piece of staircase is also represented in the right part of the drawing. A symmetrical curtain decorated with black fringe is crowning the whole picture. The work is painted in warm yellow and brown colours.
Akselrod, Study for a stage design for "Boitre the Robber" by M.Kulbak | Unknown
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The work is painted with watercolors with use of white gouache on grey rugged paper.
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Signature in LR. M.Akselrod,36 in Russian cursive letters. Pen and blue ink.
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.156.)
1991 brought to Israel.
Main Surveys & Excavations
G.Fedorov "Meir Akslrod", Moscow, p.,19.
| M.Y. 5.1994
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