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    Sale 7537

    The Somov Collection

    28 November 2007, London, King Street

  • Lot 250

    Konstantin Andreevich Somov (1869-1939)

    The apparition

    Price Realised  


    Konstantin Andreevich Somov (1869-1939)
    The apparition
    signed and dated 'C. Somov/38' (lower right); inscribed 'Peint en Avril 1938 par Constantin Somov Paris' (on the reverse)
    oil on board
    9 3/8 x 12 15/16 in. (23.8 x 32.9 cm.)

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    I transferred the composition for a new painting on to board and added an additional figure of an old, sinister woman.
    Diary entry dated 25 March 1938, p. 428

    I decided to glaze over the standing woman in my painting [The apparition]. The painting improved and furthermore her face changed - she now looks more dreadful than before.
    Diary entry dated 28 April 1938, p. 430

    My last painting also pleased him [Benois], and he made valuable remarks on the spot: the figures from the vision must be done, as I had thought, in a more transparent and less corporeal way. Also, I must redo the absurd shadows on the wall and in the mirror - this is easy to correct. He said that I have astonishing colours...
    Diary entry dated 14 April 1938, p. 430

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