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Valentin Serov (1865-1911)
Valentin Serov (1865-1911)

Vas'ka

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Valentin Serov (1865-1911)
Vas'ka
signed in Cyrillic and dated 'V Serov/99' (lower right) and inscribed in Russian ‘Anna Karlovna Benua’ (lower centre)
tusche crayon on transfer paper, laid down onto wove paper
9½ x 12½ in. (24.1 x 31.5 cm.)
Drawn in 1899
with pencil inscription by Alexandre Benois 'V. Sérof 1899/dessin sur papier/lithographique/offert à ma/bien-aimée femme Anne Karloff/Benois' and with pencil inscription in Russian 'Chernaia rechka. Portnov's dacha/Chernaia rechka close to Raivola/Dacha/of Portnov/Vas'ka the poorly horse/I beg Serzh (Diaghilev) to make a lithograph of this drawing. Serov is opposed' (on the reverse)
Provenance
Anna Benois (1869-1952) (inscriptions on the front and the reverse).
Collection Alexandre Djanchieff.
By descent to the present owner.
Literature
Exhibition catalogue, Posmertnaia vystavka proizvedenii V. A. Serova [Posthumous exhibition of the work of V. A. Serov], St Petersburg, 1914, listed p. 21, no. 126.
Exhibition catalogue, Posmertnaia vystavka proizvedenii V. A. Serova [Posthumous exhibition of the work of V. A. Serov], Moscow, 1914, listed p. 26, no. 126.
I. Grabar', Valentin Aleksandrovich Serov - Zhizn' i tvorchestvo [Life and Works], Moscow, 1914, listed p. 288.
A letter from Alexandre Benois to Il'ia Zilberstein, Paris, 28 January 1959.
I. Grabar', Valentin Aleksandrovich Serov - Zhizn' i tvorchestvo 1865-1911 [Life and Works], Moscow, 1965, p. 224, listed p. 418.
Exhibited
St Petersburg, The Imperial Academy of Fine Arts, Posmertnoi vystavki proizvedenii V. A. Serova [Posthumous exhibition of the work of V. A. Serov], 4 January 1914, no. 126.
Moscow, Bol'shaya Dmitrovka 11, Posmertnoi vystavki proizvedenii V. A. Serova [Posthumous exhibition of the work of V. A. Serov],1914, no. 126.

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