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Konstantin Andreevich Somov (1869-1939)
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Konstantin Andreevich Somov (1869-1939)

The boxer

Konstantin Andreevich Somov (1869-1939)
The boxer
signed and dated 'C. Somov/1933' (lower right); inscribed with colour notes (on the stretcher)
oil on canvas
21½ x 18 1/8 in. (54.8 x 46 cm.)
Together with the pair of boxing gloves used in the present composition
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Lot Essay

Somov began to work on this portrait in 1932 and completed it in 1933.

...two days ago, I finished a portrait in oil, a 'nu' (half-length), and afterwards I painted a 'still life' beside him: a mirror, behind him a chest of drawers, on which lay his shirt and vest, with a pair of boxing gloves hanging on the wall...the painting is not bad.
Letter dated 28 February 1933, p. 400

Finally, on the third day, I finished the 'nu' portrait of Daphnis. It became better in appearance, and Daphnis said - he joked - that it was better than Rembrandt and Ribera, whom I recall when I paint the human form.
Letter dated 30 March 1933, p. 401

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