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    Sale 7537

    The Somov Collection

    28 November 2007, London, King Street

  • Lot 255

    Konstantin Andreevich Somov (1869-1939)

    Cauchemar de la fièvre brulante

    Price Realised  


    Konstantin Andreevich Somov (1869-1939)
    Cauchemar de la fièvre brulante
    signed and dated 'C. Somov/1937' (upper left)
    oil on canvas
    10 11/16 x 13 13/16 in. (27 x 35.1 cm.)

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    Somov's friends, the artists Nikolai Milioti and Alexandre Benois, were not indifferent to his work:
    ...and Milioti arrived about 6 o'clock...I showed him my paintings, as he hadn't seen all that I have. He was completely amazed. He was delighted by my nudes and erotic watercolours...He was deeply impressed by 'Cauchemar de la fièvre brulante'.
    Diary entry dated 8 April 1938, p. 429

    I showed the paintings that he hadn't seen already to Shur [Alexandre Benois]. 'Fièvre brulante' made him laugh: 'This is the real Somov!' he said.'
    Diary entry dated 14 April 1938, pp. 429-430

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