“World of Fire Bird” Lyuba Titovets 30″ x 24″ Oil on Canvas
On this day in 1910, the dramatic ballet The Firebird opened to a Parisian audience with instant success. First performed by Sergei Diaghilev’s Ballet Russes company, The Firebird featured choreography by Michel Fokine and musical score by a young Igor Stravinsky.
“And in my dreams I see myself on a wolf’s back Riding along a forest path To do battle with a sorcerer-tsar (Kaschei) In that land where a princess sits under lock and key, Pining behind massive walls. There gardens surround a palace all of glass; There Firebirds sing by night And peck at golden fruit.”
Excerpt from Yakov Polonsky, “A Winter’s Journey” (Zimniy put, 1844)
Watch as the Firebird is captured by a prince and subsequently released, realizing he means no harm. At the end of their pas de deux, the Firebird bestows upon the prince a magic feather that he may use if ever he finds himself in trouble…
The Firebird Royal Ballet 2001
The Firebird: Leanne Benjamin
Ivan Tsarevich: Jonathan Cope
The Orchestra of the Royal Opera House – John Carewe
Royal Opera House Covent Garden 2001
“Joyful Puzzle” Lyuba Titovets 40″ x 30″ Oil on Canvas
Spring is officially here and what better way to celebrate than with the adoration of nature’s most beautiful buds. This painting by Lyuba Titovets is a joy to behold, a joy to analyze, a joyful puzzle! Lilies red, white, and tiger brim from a blue delft vase on a table complete with various peeled and whole fruit. Serving as an elegant backdrop, a gorgeous green silk cloth brought back from China by Lyuba’s grandmother adds a sentimental touch to the work.
Born in St. Petersburg, Russia, Lyuba started private painting lessons when she was five years old. She attended the State University in St. Petersburg before moving to the United States with husband, Aleksander Titovets, also a renowned painter. Today, Lyuba primarily focuses on still-lifes, for which she carefully selects in-season flowers and sets up arrangements to create maximum impact.
While her subject matter emanates from life, Lyuba’s paintings are whimsical, surreal renderings of bravura that will light up any room. “Joyful Puzzle” is an impressionistic work with the colors of a fauvist—her brushstrokes are loose, but her colors are powerful expressions of exuberance. Even the bees are in awe of her painted beauties- we had one land on “Joyful Puzzle” just a few weeks ago!
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