Clouds over the Black Sea--Crimea
In this large canvas, painted from Aiou-Dagh Mountain in the Crimean Peninsula, Boris Anisfeld challenges traditional landscape painting by shattering the illusion of depth and flattening disparate elements—the mountain’s edge, a warship, and sailboats punctuating the horizon—onto a single plane. The painting made its Western debut in Paris at the 1906 Salon d’Automne in the Russian galleries organized by Sergei Diaghilev. Anisfeld came to the United States in 1917 after the October Revolution, and within a year the Brooklyn Museum hosted his first American one-man show.
- Artist: Boris Anisfeld, Russian, 1879-1973
- Medium: Oil on canvas
- Place Made: Europe
- Dates: 1906
- Dimensions: 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)
- Signature: Signed lower right: "Boris Anisfeld"
- Collections:European Art
- Museum Location: This item is on view in Beaux-Arts Court, West, 3rd Floor
- Accession Number: 33.416
- Credit Line: Gift of Boris Anisfeld in memory of his wife
- Rights Statement: No known copyright restrictions
- Caption: 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
- Record Completeness: Best (84%)