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    Sale 7537

    The Somov Collection

    28 November 2007, London, King Street

  • Lot 239

    Konstantin Andreevich Somov (1869-1939)

    Portrait of Prince Hubert de Broglie

    Price Realised  


    Konstantin Andreevich Somov (1869-1939)
    Portrait of Prince Hubert de Broglie
    signed in ink and dated 'C. Somof/1930' (lower left); further inscribed 'Hubert, Prince de Broglie/Château des Touches (Sarthe) Septembre 1930' (on the reverse)
    pastel on paper laid down on cardboard
    15 3/8 x 11 3/16 in. (39.1 x 28 cm.)
    Together with an additional portrait in pastel of the present sitter, signed and dated 1930

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    Somov worked on the portrait of Hubert de Broglie in September 1930 during his stay at the Château des Touches, property of Baron Nolde.
    Somov described his model in a letter to his sister: Prince Hubert de Broglie has an ugly but interesting face, he is an artist but only an amateur. Awfully bohemian, very funny, a little mad and lazy.
    Although the portrait remained unfinished, Somov was satisfied with the result: The portrait executed in pastel was drawn in 2½ sittings (lasting about 4 or 5 hours in total) and turned out lively with vibrant colours, but very unfinished...In this portrait he has a scary look: the head tilted back with bright red fat lips, short nose, heavy chin and wild, shining, fixed (or so it seemed) eyes.

    The portrait: ...turned out very successfully with regard to the liveliness of the subject and the charm of the technique.
    Letters dated from 4 September and 6 October 1930, pp. 372-373

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    Paris, Galerie Renaissance, Exhibition of Russian Artists, June 1932.