London, South Kensington
28 November 2012
Alexandre Benois (Russian, 1870-1960)
Bathing at Peterhof
inscribed in Cyrillic with title (lower centre), further inscribed in Cyrillic and dated 'Autumn 1921' (lower left)
pencil and ink on paper
12 3/8 x 17¾ in. (31.5 x 45 cm.)
With inscribed authentication in French from Anna Benois (1895-1984), the artist's daughter, on the reverse
The family of the artist.
Anonymous sale, Sotheby's, London, 15 February 1984, lot 66.
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Peterhof is a recurring motif in Alexandre Benois' work. The artist's architect father, Nikolai Benois (1813-1898) fulfilled numerous commissions for the 'Russian Versailles', one building of which now houses the Benois Family Museum.
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