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Curtain. Set designs for Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov’sopera The Snow Maiden (Mariinsky Theatre, St Petersburg). 1910

Stelletsky Dmitry,
Tempera on cardboard
68 х 102,5

State Russian Museum

Пост. в 1918 из собрания Е. М. Терещенко, Петроград


In his designs for the opera of the most beloved“spring fairy tale” in Russia, The Snow Maiden, Stelletskyorganically used the style of the pre-Peterthe Great book miniatures and old church embroidery.The entire world of pagan Rus is captured inthe work.The pictorial language is conditional, strict andsubservient to the musical rhythms; the harmony ofthe faded ("antique") paints, the enigmatic ligatureof the patterns and ornaments set up theviewer for the comprehension of the sublime lightand "eternal" mystery of human love.

Author's Biography

Stelletsky Dmitry

Stelletsky, Dmitry Semyonovich
1875, Brest-Litovsk, Hrodno Province — 1947, Paris
Painter, sculptor, draughtsman, theatrical designer, portraitist, monumentalist, author of decorative panels. Studied at the Higher School of Art, Imperial Academy of Arts (1896–1903). Contributed to the Exhibitions of Russian Art in Berlin (1906), Paris (1906, 1910, 1921), Venice (1920), Belgrade (1930), Philadelphia (1932), and the International Exhibitions in Venice (1907), Malmö (1914) and Leipzig (1914). The artist often derived inspiration from Old Russian culture becoming one of the most prominent representatives of the modernist “Russian style”.

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