Boris Israelievitch ANISFELD (1879-1973)
Holy family with totem mask

Lot 129
10 00012 000
Signed (lower right), titled (on the reverse) Oil on canvas 60 x 50 cm «In painting I think in color first. I paint what I think, not always what I see. … I do not always paint the color another might see, but only what my impression of the scene is at the time». A Russian-American painter and theater designer, Boris Anisfeld worked for Diagilev’s Russian Seasons and Fokin’s ballet, realised A. N. Benois’ designs for the ballet Petrushka. After emigrating to the USA in 1917 he worked for The New York Metropolitan Opera and Chicago Civic Opera. Catalogue Raisonne ‘Boris Anisfeld’, by Olga Sugrobova-Roth, Eckart Lingenbaut, Dusseldorf 2011 (certificate of authenticity)