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    Sale 7598

    Russian Art

    11 June 2008, London, King Street

  • Lot 62

    Konstantin Somov (1869-1939)

    Study of a sleeping lady

    Price Realised  


    Konstantin Somov (1869-1939)
    Study of a sleeping lady
    signed, inscribed and dated 'A Monsieur Ch. R. Paravicini. C. Somof. 1912.' (lower right); with the inscription 'Somoff m'a envoye cette petite aquarelle comme souvenir après mon départ de St Peterbourg, en 1912./CRParavicini (on the reverse)
    pencil, watercolour and gouache, heightened with white on paper
    6½ x 8¾ in. (16.5 x 22.2 cm.)

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    Konstantin Somov created a number of works depicting somnalent young ladies reclining on sofas. The most famous is Sleeping young lady painted in 1909 (State Tretyakov Gallery, Moscow).

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    Given by the artist to C. R. Paravicini, 1912.
    By descent in the family to the present owner.


    Exhibition catalogue, Exhibition of Constantine Somov paintings, London, 1930, p. 3.


    London, Prince Vladimir Galitzine Gallery, Exhibition of Constantine Somov paintings, 2 June - 2 July 1930, no. 33a.