Lel and The Snow Maiden (Лель и Снегурочка). The scene is based on the opera in four acts with a prologue by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov (1844-1908), composed during the years 1880–1881. Alexander Ostrovsky (1823-1886) wrote the play in 1873. Pyotr Tchaikovsky (1840-1893) wrote the music for the play's production.
The box is 5¾"x4"x1⅝" and the painting and inside of the box is in fine condition. The bottom is rubbed, as is typical for older boxes. No chips or restoration. 1 only.
Zoya Pavlovna Sineva (Зоя Павловна Синева). Zoya Pavlovna was born in Palekh in 1925. In 1943-1948 she was a student at the Palekh Art College. After graduation, she worked in the Association of Artists of Palekh and, beginning in 1954, the Palekh art-production workshops. She passed away in 1986 and was laid to rest in Palekh. Some of her works are displayed in the State Museum of Palekh Art.
The artist's creative skill is prominent in her use of various shades of “Palekh blue”, a difficult color to achieve while using egg tempera paints. It is not at all common in the palette of Palekh artists, which favors reds, browns, greens and gold, and is usually more common in older boxes. The teachers of the secrets of mixing paints have, by the 1980's, already passed away without having passed on the talent to upcoming artists. Zoya Pavlovna, having studied in the 1940's, was taught by the first generation of Palekh artists. Her artistry is evident in her use of color, her delicate iconographic faces and the graceful poses of the subjects.