Alexandra Exter (1882-1949)
Costume design for Romeo and Juliette
Watercolor and pencil on Paper
Before WWI, the noteworthy woman artist, Alexandra Exter (1882-1949) had already been introduced to, and rejected, Cubism in order to join the Italian Futurist movement. And in 1918, on her return to Moscow from Paris, she became a powerful figure in the Russian avant-garde. Exter’s association with theater director Alexander Tairov provided her with the opportunity to create extremely original costume and set designs for innumerable productions. Costume Design, watercolor and pencil on paper dated 1921, is indicative of her rich artistic background as she melded swirling dynamic industrial forms with an active palette of blue, red, black and white. Alexandra Exter was perhaps at her most effective as an artist in her theatrical work. For Alexander Tairov’s Chamber Theater she designed Thamiros Kitharodos, Salomé, and Romeo and Juliette.