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    Sale 7734

    Russian Art

    9 June 2009, London, King Street

  • Lot 29

    Georg Emanuel Opitz (1775-1841)

    Russian Cossacks and a supplicant; Cossacks and Kalmyks; and Russian soldiers accompanying a priest on horseback

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    Georg Emanuel Opitz (1775-1841)
    Russian Cossacks and a supplicant; Cossacks and Kalmyks; and Russian soldiers accompanying a priest on horseback
    the first signed 'G. Opitz' (lower left)
    watercolour on paper
    all 14¾ x 11½ in. (37.5 x 29.2 cm.) (3)


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    Born in Prague in 1775, Georg Opitz was already an established portraitist in Vienna when he travelled to Paris where he resided during the Allied occupation of 1814. During this period, Opitz painted an extraordinary group of watercolours depicting Cossacks and the Russian army discovering the Parisian way of life (see V. M. Bezotosnii and E. I. Itkina, Les Cosaques à Paris, Moscow, 2007).

    Although Opitz never visited Russia in person, his close observation of Russian officers and Cossacks abroad is reflected by the accurate depictions of the costumes and uniforms in the present group of watercolours.

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    Provenance

    Acquired by the present owner in 2008.