Mstislav Valerianovich Dobuzhinskiĭ

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Mstislav Valerianovich Dobuzhinskiĭ
Set Design for Turgenev's "A Month in the Country," Act I
Watercolor and opaque watercolor, on paper.
14 x 17 1/2 inches (355 x 444 mm)
Gift of Mrs. Donald M. Oenslager, 1982.

Inscribed at lower right, "D. 1909, 1919; "in red ink, "E.O.D. 22 1919;" in black ink, "-(Une Mois à la Campagne) app. à Acte I-Doboujinsky."

The artist's widow; acquired in 1963 by Donald M. Oenslager.

Letter from R. Doboujinsky (the artist's son) to Donald Oenslager, Paris 10/2/63: "Of those works designed for the Moscow Art Theatre, there are only a few remaining in our hands. It was the wish of my late father that nearly all of these should go as a legacy to the Art Theatre's Museum. Of the few remaining designs my mother will eventually condescend to part with a painting of the set--of the first Act of 'A Month in the Country' by Turgenev my father painted in 1919 for my mother after his decor realized in 1909--it is a fairly important and typical of my father's work at this time."
The artist apparently mounted the sketch on a sheet of contemporary Russian newspaper.