11 June 2008
Konstantin Somov (1869-1939)
Study of a sleeping lady
signed, inscribed and dated 'A Monsieur Ch. R. Paravicini. C. Somof. 1912.' (lower right); with the inscription 'Somoff m'a envoye cette petite aquarelle comme souvenir après mon départ de St Peterbourg, en 1912./CRParavicini (on the reverse)
pencil, watercolour and gouache, heightened with white on paper
6½ x 8¾ in. (16.5 x 22.2 cm.)
Given by the artist to C. R. Paravicini, 1912.
By descent in the family to the present owner.
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Exhibition catalogue, Exhibition of Constantine Somov paintings, London, 1930, p. 3.
London, Prince Vladimir Galitzine Gallery, Exhibition of Constantine Somov paintings, 2 June - 2 July 1930, no. 33a.
Konstantin Somov created a number of works depicting somnalent young ladies reclining on sofas. The most famous is Sleeping young lady painted in 1909 (State Tretyakov Gallery, Moscow).
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