Img. ID: 13954
The picture represents a stage design of an interior. The upper part of the space is closed with the arched ceiling resembling a gothic vault. Two pillars standing diagonally from the left to the right in the depth of the room support the ceiling and devide the whole space into three parts. In the right part there stands a crimson bed with bed-clothes hanging down from it. Above the bed in the yellow and grey wall there is a small semicircular window. A black table and a stool are standing in the central part. A large stair with banisters on the background is leading to a door to the left of which there situated another semicircular window. The left part represents a separate room. There stand another bed and a table with a white cloth. On the background one can also see a door with a small window above. The study is painted mainly with black and white colours. Only few parts are painted with yellow, green and crimson colours.
Akselrod, Stage design for "Boitre the Robber" by M.Kulbak | *Fine art | *Theater design | Stage set
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Ukraine | Kyivska obl. | Kyiv (Kiev)
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The work is painted with watercolors with use of white gouache.
The lower and the right edges of the drawing are slightly torn. The corners are rumpled.
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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.) On the back side of the work there was painted a study of stage design "The Wood" for the same play.
1991 brought to Israel.
Main Surveys & Excavations
G.Fedorov "Meir Akselrod",Moscow, p.,19.
| M.Y. 5.1994
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