SIMON LISSIM (1900-1981)
Ascent to heaven

Lot 515
3 0005 000
Signed and dated ‘Simon Lissim 59’ (lower right) Mixed media, oil and gold paint on board 76.2 x 60.9 cm Executed in 1959 Provenance: Skinner, Boston, 20.05.2005, lot 458 Borodulin Collection Simon Lissim is known for theatre set design, decorative art, china design. Simon Lissim was born in Kiev, Ukraine at the turn of the 19th century. He studied at the art school of A.S. Monko as of 1917. In 1919, Lissim emigrated, and as of 1920, he was studying at the art school of Reimann in London and living in Wiesbaden and London. He lived in Paris in the 1920s and 1930s and was closely associated with Diaghilev, Bakst, Benois, and many others. His work is full of Orientalist themes. The painting is made by Simon Lissim - A porcelain designer, illustrator, stage designer, painter. Lissim lived in Paris, where he studied at the French National School of Decorative Arts, and after he worked at the famous Theatre de L’Oeuvre in Paris. His set design for that theatre’s 1924 production of Hamlet won Lissim, a Silver Medal from the 1925 International Exhibition of Decorative Arts in Paris. He designed for Lenox and Royal Copenhagen. Simon was born in Russia and moved to the United States in 1941. All lots marked with the symbol are under temporary importation are subject to import tax (5.5%)