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    Sale 7537

    The Somov Collection

    28 November 2007, London, King Street

  • Lot 253

    Konstantin Andreevich Somov (1869-1939)

    Five views of Château des Touches; and Study of a landscape

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    Konstantin Andreevich Somov (1869-1939)
    Five views of Château des Touches; and Study of a landscape
    three signed, three dated 1929, one dated 1928
    four pencil on paper, one pastel on paper
    12 5/16 x 19 1/8 in. (31.2 x 48.7 cm.); and smaller (5)


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    Somov was often invited to Château des Touches, the estate of Baron Nolde. Here we lived a real Russian life, a landlord's life, with real simple hospitality, old-fashioned old women, complete freedom. And an ancient, neglected Russian park.
    As a nature lover, the landscape artist Somov was not able to remain indifferent: There were lots of subjects to paint and I was able to do some studies, if only I had brought my oil paints with me...I began to draw in pencil...I hope that these landscapes will act as a starting point for my own compositions if I don't leave them too long and forget the impressions that they made upon me.
    Letter dated 22 September 1929, p. 359

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