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    Sale 7684

    Russian Pictures Including Post-War and Contemporary Art Part II

    26 November 2008, London, King Street

  • Lot 339

    Frants Roubaud (1856-1928)

    A Curassier

    Price Realised  


    Frants Roubaud (1856-1928)
    A Curassier
    signed F. Roubaud (on the reverse)
    oil on canvas
    16¾ x 11½ in. (42.6 x 29.3 cm.)

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    In 1910, following the success of The Defence of Sebastopol (1901-1904, The Panorama Museum, Sevastopol), Colonel V. A. Afanassiev suggested to Roubaud that he should paint a large panorama of the battlefield of Borodino. The Battlefield of Borodino (1910-1912, The Battle of Borodino Panorama-Museum, Moscow) depicts one of the most important battles of the 1812 Patriotic War with the French. The immense canvas (14 x 115.5 m.) recreates the pivitol moment when the French stormed the village of Semyonovskoe. The officers depicted in the present lot appear to be studies for this monumental work.

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    By direct descent in the artist's family to the present owner.