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    Sale 7684

    Russian Pictures Including Post-War and Contemporary Art Part II

    26 November 2008, London, King Street

  • Lot 380

    Johann Walter-Kurau (1869-1932)

    Nude with dolls

    Price Realised  

    Johann Walter-Kurau (1869-1932)
    Nude with dolls
    signed and dated 'Walter Kurau/13.' (lower right); with number 6 (on the reverse)
    oil on canvas
    25½ x 29 in. (64.8 x 73.7 cm.)


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    Born in Jelgava, Latvia as Janis Valter, Johannes Walter-Kurau began his artistic education in Russia in 1889, as a student at the Imperial Academy of Arts in St Petersburg. After completing his studies in Berlin and Paris, he took part in exhibitions all over Europe, notably as part of the Berlin Secession and Mir Iskusstva, and developed a reputation as a refined colourist specializing in portraits and landscapes.

    The 140th Anniversary Exhibition of his work will begin at Gederts-Eliass Museum in the artist's native city, Jelgava (Mitau), on 7 February 2009 before moving to Museum Zitadelle in Berlin.

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