Winter in Snegourotchka (The Snow Maiden)

Maker and role
Artist: Natalia Gontcharova, Russian, 1881-1962
ca. 1922
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Object detail

Oil on canvas
91 3/4 x 39 1/2in (233 x 100.3cm)
Credit line
Gift of Robert L. B. Tobin
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Object type
Theatre production
Opera by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov.
Further information
As a costume and set designer, Natalia Gontcharova was inspired by stage productions in her artistic practice. The Snow Maiden is a coming-of-age love story in which personifications of nature and the seasons interact with human characters. This artwork titled Winter illustrates the embodiment of the season crossing a frozen landscape with palms raised to catch snowflakes.
Gontcharova; Mary Chamot (b.1899, d.1993); 1972; p. 147, 157; no. 3
An Eye for the Stage; William J. Chiego, Jody Blake (American, b.1953); 2004; p. 45
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