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ALEXANDRA EXTER (1882-1949) Village Church. Set design for an unidentified production. Graphite on paper. 310x240 mm; 12 1/4x9 1/2 inches. Drawing has come loose from 20x13-inch matte and mount. Signed "Alexandra Exter" on matte at right.
Provenance: Gift of the artist to her student, Vera Cohn; thence by descent.
Based on similar drawings, Exter likely created this design while working for the theater ensemble of Alexander Tairov in Moscow in the 1910s. While there, she created numerous costumes for various productions and designed sets that transformed two-dimensional stage spaces into three-dimensional abstract structures by incorporating multi-level platforms that would be illuminated by intersecting rays of light.