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Aronson Borys (Ber) Solomonovych (1900 - 1980)

Ukrainian and Jewish painter, graphic artist and set designer. Born in the town of Nizhyn, Chernighiv region. The son of Solomon Aronson, the chief rabbi of Kyiv and later of Tel Aviv and Jaffa. In the years of 1912 - 1916 he studied at Kiev Art School (under the tutelage of I.  Seleznyov) and Kiev Drawing School under the guidance of M. Murashko; from 1917 to 1918 he attended the art studio of O. Ekster, who involved him in the theatre activity and gave him the first lessons in stage design. Since 1917 he had headed the art department of the Jewish Cultural League. He was one of the founders of the Museum of Jewish Culture in Kiev. In 1920 he moved to Moscow, where he studied at the Higher Art and Technical Studios (under the tutelage of I. Mashkov) and designed productions for the Jewish Chamber Theatre. In 1921, he assisted O. Ekster in her work on the ballet "Romeo and Juliet" at the Chamber Tairov Theatre. In 1922 he emigrated to Poland, and then moved to Berlin. He took part in the 1st Russian art exhibition in the Van Diemen Gallery. He also published the books "Mark Shagal" and "Modern Jewish Graphics". For some time he had lived in Paris. In 1923 he moved to the United States and settled in New York. He worked as a chief designer of the Jewish Theatre of M. Schwartz and collaborated with many Broadway theatres and made stage designs for more than 100 plays, musicals, and ballets. In the mid of the 1950s he was one of the most known set designers in Broadway. For his achievements in the field of stage design he had been awarded the prizes from Guggenheim, Ford and G. Maharam foundations and six times got the prestigious theatre Tony Award. His works are presented in the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Museum of the City of New York, and the Lincoln Centre.

Painters works:

Auction 3 Lot 76

«Jewish quarter»,
canvas, oil; 2431

Price: 12 000 15 000 $