Boris Anisfeld

Born 1879, Beltsy, Bessarabia

Died 1973, Waterford, Connecticut


1895-1901   Studies at the Odessa Drawing School.

1901-09   Studies at the Academy of Arts, St. Petersburg under Dmitrii Kardovsky and Ilia Repin.

1905-07   Contributes caricatures to journals of political satire.

1906   Exhibits at the “World of Art” (St. Petersburg), the “Union of Russian Artists” (Moscow), and the “Salon d’automne” (Paris).

1907   Designs the production of Hugo von Hofmansthal’s Die Hochzeit der Sobeide in St. Petersburg, marking the start of his active career as a stage designer.

1908   Works on designs for Diaghilev’s production of Boris Godunov with Alexandre Benois and Alexander Golovin in Paris.

1909   Works on designs for Diaghilev’s production of the Maid of Pskov in Paris.

1911   Creates the décor and costumes for Diaghilev’s production of Sadko in Paris.

1912-14   Becomes intensely involved in designing ballet and drama productions.

1913   Works on a production of Les Préludes for Anna Pavolva at the Manhattan Opera House.

1914   Designs Vaslav Nijinsky’s production of Les Sylphides in London.

1918   Settles in the United States (travels via Siberia and Japan).

            Large one-man exhibition at the Brooklyn museum.

1919   Designs Xavier Leroux’s La Reine Fiammette and Maurice Maeterlinck’s L’Oiseau Bleu for the Metropolitan Opera, New York.

Early 1920s   Designs for several major productions throughout New York and Chicago.

1926   Becomes more focused on painting and teaching.

1928   Becomes a professor at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, where he teaches for over thirty years.