17 December 1998
Ivan Iakovlevich Bilibin (1876-1942)
Costume design for Prince Igor; A Polovtsian Warrior
initialled in Cyrillic and Roman and dated 'IB 1930) (lower right), with pencil detail of the hat with Russian captions and inscribed '"Prince Igor" Un Polovtien' (upper right), and inscribed on reverse 'I. Bilibine 23, Bd Pasteur "Prince Igor" Guerrier Polovtien'
pencil and watercolour on paper laid on card
18.7/8 x 12½in. (48 x 31.8cm.)
Contact Client Service
New York +1 212 636 2000
London +44 (0)20 7839 9060
Asia +852 2760 1766
For a similar design for a Polovstian from Borodin's opera Prince Igor see S.V. Golynets, Ivan Iakovlevich Bilibin, (Leningrad, 1970), illustrated pp.240-241, with reference to other examples p.317.
Specialist Aisi Wang guides us through the life and art of one of the finest Japanese artists of the 20th century
As an extraordinary collection of West Coast art comes to Christie’s in New York, we meet the visionary couple behind the collection