7 February 2001
PROPERTY FROM THE ORANGE COUNTY MUSEUM OF ART, SOLD TO BENEFIT THE ACQUISITIONS FUND
Aleksandra Aleksandrovna Ekster (Exter) (1884-1949)
Two Costumed Figures for a Shakespearian Play (Romeo & Juliet)
painted card and rhodoïd on a wooden base
6½ x 9 x 5½in. (16.5 x 29.8 x 14cm.) (including the bases)
Executed circa 1924
Galerie Johanna Ricard, Nurenberg.
Adler/Castillo, Inc. and Rosa Esman Gallery, New York.
Acquired from the above by Mr and Mrs James Riley in 1981.
Given by the above to the Orange County Museum of Art in 1984.
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Nurenberg, Galerie Johanna Ricard, Der Beitrag Russlands, October-December 1974.
New York, Adler/Castile Inc. & Rosa Esman Gallery, The Russian Revolution in Art-3, January 1981, no. 5.
Aleksandra Ekster (Exter) was among the pioneers of Modern stage design. Between 1916 and 1921, she designed the set and costumes for three plays for the Karmenyi Theatre in Moscow, Romeo and Juliet being her last production for them. The first International tour of 1923 introduced her work to France, Germany and Italy, where it was greeted with enthusiasm by artists such as Léger and the Futurists. The present work was probably used as a model in the courses on stage design Exter gave in Russia and later in Paris, to where she moved in 1924.
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