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    Sale 2162

    Russian Art

    24 April 2009, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 286

    Leonid Pasternak (1862-1945)

    Lilacs and poppies

    Price Realised  

    Leonid Pasternak (1862-1945)
    Lilacs and poppies
    signed 'L. Pasternak' (lower right)
    oil on canvas
    30 x 23¾ in. (76.2 x 60.3 cm.)


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    Known primarily as a portraitist--capturing famous friends like Tolstoy and Einstein--Leonid Pasternak also completed a number of impressionistic still lifes throughout his career. The present work, executed with highly expressive brushstrokes and thick impasto, creates the sense of timelessness that pervades nearly all of the domestic scenes and portrait studies that defined the artist's career.