Clouds over the Black Sea--Crimea
On View: European Art Galleries, 5th floor
Boris Anisfeld’s canvas presents a vertiginous view of the Black Sea from the top of the Ayu-Dag mountain in southern Ukraine. The viewer has the sensation of being placed in midair, looking down through billowing clouds at an expanse of blue water, in the midst of which is a small boat. Although the scene represents a vast space, the artist’s complex composition challenges the illusion of depth in traditional landscapes by flattening the elements—cloud, land, and horizon—onto a single plane.
This painting was included in the 1906 Salon d’Automne in Paris in the Russian galleries organized by the ballet impresario Sergei Diaghilev, for whom Anisfeld designed stage sets and costumes. After the 1917 Russian Revolution, the artist came to the United States, and within a year the Brooklyn Museum hosted his first American one-person exhibition.
Oil on canvas
49 1/2 x 56 in. (125.7 x 142.2 cm)
Frame: 56 1/2 x 63 1/2 in. (143.5 x 161.3 cm) (show scale)
Signed lower right: "Boris Anisfeld"
Gift of Boris Anisfeld in memory of his wife
Boris Anisfeld (Russian, 1879-1973). Clouds over the Black Sea--Crimea, 1906. Oil on canvas, 49 1/2 x 56 in. (125.7 x 142.2 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Boris Anisfeld in memory of his wife, 33.416 (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 33.416_PS11.jpg)
overall, 33.416_PS11.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2022
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