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    Sale 7537

    THE SOMOV COLLECTION

    28 November 2007, London, King Street

  • Lot 254

    Konstantin Andreevich Somov (1869-1939)

    A rare group of six lithographs for the book 'Le Livre de la Marquise': La femme; L'impatient; Rencontre à la Fontaine; Bal au Monastère; La lettre; and Diablotins et sorcières

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    Konstantin Andreevich Somov (1869-1939)
    A rare group of six lithographs for the book 'Le Livre de la Marquise': La femme; L'impatient; Rencontre à la Fontaine; Bal au Monastère; La lettre; and Diablotins et sorcières
    each signed in Cyrillic 'K. Somov' (on the mount), inscribed with title and numbered
    lithographs on paper with hand-colouring by the artist
    10 x 7½ in. (25.4 x 19 cm.); and smaller
    Together with two leaflets edited by Golike and Vilborg, St Petersburg, and published in Starye Godi, inviting subscriptions to 'Le Livre de la Marquise' and an art book dedicated to the work of K. A. Somov with a foreword by Alexandre Benois (8)


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    'Le Livre de la Marquise' was originally published in Germany in 1907 as 'Lesebuch der Marquise'. In 1918 Golike and Vilborg published a French translation in St Peterburg which included further illustrations and vignettes by Somov and even erotic texts from the 18th and 19th Centuries chosen by the artist himself.

    Literature

    Exhibition catalogue, Exposition d'Art Russe Ancien & Moderne, Brussels, 1928, no. 892.


    Exhibited

    Brussels, Palais des Beaux-Arts de Bruxelles, Exposition d'Art Russe Ancien & Moderne, April-June 1928, no. 892 (these six lithographs were exhibited with a further thirteen from 'Le livre de la Marquise').