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    Sale 7537

    The Somov Collection

    28 November 2007, London, King Street

  • Lot 262

    Konstantin Andreevich Somov (1869-1939)

    Design for a poster

    Price Realised  


    Konstantin Andreevich Somov (1869-1939)
    Design for a poster
    signed in Cyrillic 'K. Somov' (lower right)
    pencil, watercolour and gouache on board
    21 5/8 x 14½ in. (55 x 36.9 cm.)

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    This is a design for a commercial poster for the Russian Art exhibition held in the USA in 1924. I promised to do a poster for the exhibition, even though it isn't my speciality...
    Letter dated 1 February 1924, p. 230

    The final version of the poster for the exhibition depicted B. Kustodiev's work Likhach [A Good Coachman]: Kustodiev's 'Coachman' was reproduced on posters displayed in the streets and in the windows of shops, redrawn in simple colours by the artist Zakharov.
    Letter dated 4 April 1924, p. 237

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