Costume design for Polovtsian girl for the opera "Prince Igor"
Artist/Maker: Fedorovsky Fedor
Artist/Maker Dates: 1883 - 1955
Place of Production: Russia (USSR), Moscow
Date of Production: 1951
Materials: mixed media
Width: 24.5 cm.
Height: 37.0 cm.
Condition notes: Wear consistent with age and use
Fyodorovsky’s name is inseparable from the Bolshoi Theatre’s history where he worked for nearly 40 years, stage designing over 30 performances.
Fyodor F. Feodorovsky was born in Chernigov into a family of a railroad worker. He moved to Moscow rather early; there he was studying at the Stroganov Moscow State University of Arts and Industry (class of K. Korovin and M. Vrubel) where he majored in theatre set design. He graduated the Academy in 1907. He worked at “Zimin Private Opera” until 1917; he created sets for Diaghilev enterprise productions. However, Feodorovsky devoted the major part of his life to the Bolshoi Theatre. During almost 50 years he was creating sets for the opera productions of the great Russian composers and managed to find such strong expressive means that helped to reveal and convey the richest contest of these music masterpieces. There were about 30 productions, some of which he worked on several times: “Carmen” (1922), “Boris Godunov” (1927, 1946, 1948), “The Czar’s Bride” (1927, 1955, 1966), “Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg” (1929), “Rusalka” (1931, 1937, 1944), “The Maid of Pskov” (1932), “Prince Igor” (1934, 1944, 1953), “Sadko” (1935, 1949), “And Quiet Flows the Don” (1936) and “Khovanshchina” (1950).
During 30 years, starting from 1918, Feodorovsky was creating sets for the main celebratory events at the Bolshoi Theatre and the Red Square. In 1936 the artist created the paintings and maquettes of the ruby stars that are mounted on the top of the Kremlin towers. During the war the artist was supervising camouflage project in Moscow to protect the city from air raids. In 1930 he was awarded the title of the Honored Artist, in 1951 he received the title of the People’s Artist of the USSR. F. Feodorovski is a laureate of five Stalin prizes (1941, 1943, 1949, 1950, 1951). In 1947 he was elected the vice-president of the USSR Academy of Arts.
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