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Anisfeld Borys Izrailyovych (1878 - 1973)

A Russian painter, graphic artist, stage designer and teacher. Born in the village of Beltsy, Bessarabia. From 1895 to 1900 he studied at Odessa Drawing School under the tutelage of G.  Ladyzhenskyi and K. Kostandi. In 1901, he joined St. Petersburg Academy of Arts and studied at the art studio of I. Repin, and later - D. Kardovsky. Since 1903 he had exhibited his works at the exhibitions of the Academy of Arts, the Union of Russian Artists, Vienna Secession, Salons of V. Izdebsky and international exhibitions in Milan, London and Amsterdam. He painted landscapes, still lifes, portraits, biblical scenes, and executed wall paintings. In 1910 he became a member of the Society World of Art and until 1917 he had taken part in all of its exhibitions. Since 1909 he had worked on the productions design for the S. Diaghilev troupe. In 1918 he moved to New York. He participated in the group exhibitions of Russian artists in Paris, New York, and London. Created the design for Metropolitan Opera. In 1928 he moved to Chicago, left his job in the theatre and devoted the rest of his life to painting and teaching. From 1929 to 1957 he was a teacher at the Art Institute in Chicago. The later period is characterized by lyrical landscapes and symbolic pictures performed in an expressive manner. In 1994 a solo exhibition of his works was held at the Museum of Theatrical and Musical Arts in St. Petersburg. His works are kept in the Tretyakov Gallery, the State Russian Museum, the Museum of the Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow, etc.