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    Sale 7537

    The Somov Collection

    28 November 2007, London, King Street

  • Lot 263

    Konstantin Andreevich Somov (1869-1939)

    Three sketch albums: Album no. 2, 1930-1937 (74 pages); Album no. 4, 1934-1937 (77 pages); Album no. 6, 1938-1939 (26 pages)

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    Konstantin Andreevich Somov (1869-1939)
    Three sketch albums: Album no. 2, 1930-1937 (74 pages); Album no. 4, 1934-1937 (77 pages); Album no. 6, 1938-1939 (26 pages)
    each album containing pencil studies
    16½ x 10½ in. (42 x 27 cm.); 16½ x 10½ in. (42 x 27 cm.); 18 x 16 in. (45.7 x 40.7 cm.)
    The album with spiral metal wire binding and cardboard covers (3)


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    Album no. 2
    p. 61: Study for the watercolour 'Study of a male nude', lot 242.
    p. 132: Study for the watercolour 'Nus masculins á la Boucher', lots 223, 224 and 225.
    p. 63: Study for a portrait of Mrs Lucie Leon (1889-1972). Paul Leon, her husband, was the brother of Henriette Hirshman. This study led Somov to paint 'Seated woman in a black dress with white dots', a miniature he planned to add to his personal exhibition in London in 1930.
    Letter dated 9 March 1930, p. 364

    Album no. 4
    Based on the dates and inscriptions, this album can be traced back to the time of the Académie de Grandvilliers, the description Somov used to describe the four artists (Uspensky, Krug, Budanova and Somov himself) who worked together to improve their skills and their technique in the field of drawing from nature.

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