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PROPERTY FROM A PRIVATE EUROPEAN COLLECTION

Nikolai Konstantinovich Roerich
SET DESIGN FOR PRINCE IGOR
Estimate
120,000180,000
JUMP TO LOT
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PROPERTY FROM A PRIVATE EUROPEAN COLLECTION

Nikolai Konstantinovich Roerich
SET DESIGN FOR PRINCE IGOR
Estimate
120,000180,000
JUMP TO LOT

Details & Cataloguing

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Nikolai Konstantinovich Roerich
1874-1947
SET DESIGN FOR PRINCE IGOR
signed in Cyrillic and dated 908 l.l.; further titled and inscribed on exhibition labels on the reverse
tempera, pastel and charcoal on paper laid on board
46 by 62.5 cm, 18 by 24 3/4 in.
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Provenance

The collection of P.A.Pletnev, St Petersburg
Acquired by the grandfather of the present owner in St Petersburg in 1910

Exhibited

Moscow, VII Exhibition of the Union of Russian Artists, 26 December 1909 - 8 February 1910
St Petersburg, VII Exhibition of the Union of Russian Artists, 21 February 1910 - 31 March 1910
Brussels, Palais des Beaux Arts, Exposition d'Art Russe, ancien et moderne, May - June 1928, no.827

Literature

Ogonek, 16/26 May 1909, no.20 p.17, illustrated and titled Steny Putivlya - Plach Yaroslavny (Knyaz' Igor)
Exhibition catalogue VII Exhibition of the Union of Russian Artists, 1909, p.20 listed
Yu.Baltrushaitis et al., Rerikh, Petrograd: Svobodnoe iskusstvo, 1916, p.216 listed
S.Ernst, N.K.Rerikh, Petrograd: Obshchina Sv.Evgenii, 1918, pl.50 illustrated, titled Knyaz' Igor / Gorodskaya ograda, 1909
F. Grant et al., Roerich, Himalaya, A Monograph, New York: Brentano Publishers, 1926, p.190 listed
Exhibition catalogue Palais des Beaux Arts, Exposition d'Art Russe, ancien et moderne, Brussels, 1928, p.78, no.827 listed
E.Yakovleva, Teatral'no-dekoratsionnoe iskusstvo N.K.Rerikha, Samara: Agni, 1996, p.116, illustrated (incorrect dimensions and later provenance)

 

Catalogue Note

The 1909 production of Prince Igor was among Roerich's very earliest collaborations with Diaghilev and the Ballet Russes. His set designs were a tremendous success. 'This will make you great' predicted the director, Alexander Sanin. 'If you had never been born, we would have needed to create you in order to dream up Prince Igor'. Valentin Serov was equally impressed by Prince Igor and wrote to congratulate Roerich on the success of his Paris set designs. A number of variations for the Polevetsian Camp are knownbut the present work is a rare example of his design for Act IV, Yaroslavna's Lament. Acquired in Russia over a century ago, it has remained in the same family collection ever since. It was the only work by Roerich to have been included in the 1928 Brussels exhibition.

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