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PROPERTY FROM A PRIVATE EUROPEAN COLLECTION

Valentin Alexandrovich Serov
WINTER IN ABRAMTSEVO
Estimate
250,000350,000
LOT SOLD. 305,000 GBP
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PROPERTY FROM A PRIVATE EUROPEAN COLLECTION

Valentin Alexandrovich Serov
WINTER IN ABRAMTSEVO
Estimate
250,000350,000
LOT SOLD. 305,000 GBP
JUMP TO LOT

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Valentin Alexandrovich Serov
1865-1911
WINTER IN ABRAMTSEVO
signed with a monogram, inscribed Abramtsevo in Cyrillic and dated 1886 l.r.
oil on panel
39 by 31cm, 14 1/4 by 12 1/4 in.
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Provenance

Alexandra Savvichna Mamontova (1878-1952), Abramtsevo
Porfiry Nikitich Krylov, Moscow

Exhibited

St Petersburg, Imperial Academy of Arts, Posmertnaia vystavka proizvedenii V.A.Serova, 1914, no.49
Moscow, Vystavka proizvedenii V.A.Serova, 1914, no.45
Moscow, Central House of Art Workers, Vystavka proizvedenii Valentina Aleksandrovicha Serova, 1952, no.54
Moscow, State Tretyakov Gallery, Vystavka proizvedenii Valentina Serova, 1958-1959
Moscow, State Tretyakov Gallery and St Petersburg, State Russian Museum, Vystavka k 100-letiyu so dnya rozhdeniya Serova, 1965
Moscow, State Tretyakov Gallery and St Petersburg, State Russian Museum, Valentin Serov. K 125-letiyu so dnya rozhdeniya, 1991, no.30

Literature

I.Grabar, Valentin Aleksandrovich Serov: zhizn' i tvorchestvo, Moscow: Knebel, 1913, p.55 illustrated in b/w, p.284 listed under works from 1886
Exhibition catalogue Posmertnaia vystavka proizvedenii V.A.Serova, St Petersburg, 1914, p.6, no.49 listed
Exhibition catalogue Vystavka proizvedenii Valentina Serova, Moscow, 1958, mentioned in the text on p.9
N.Sokolova, N.Vlasov, Valentin Aleksandrovich Serov, Moscow: Gosudarstvennoe izdatel'stvo izobrazitel'nogo iskusstva, 1959, p.25 illustrated
Exhibition catalogue Vystavka k 100-letiyu so dnya rozhdeniya Serova, Moscow, 1965, p.26 listed
I.Grabar, Valentin Aleksandrovich Serov: zhizn' i tvorchestvo, Moscow: Iskusstvo, 1980, pl.3 
D.Sarabianov, Valentin Serov: Paintings, Graphic Works, Stage Designs, Leningrad: Aurora Art Publishers, 1982, p.287, no.90 listed; no.32 illustrated
Exhibition catalogue Valentin Serov. K 125-letiyu so dnya rozhdeniya, Leningrad: Aurora, 1991, p.90, no.30 listed and illustrated in b/w 

Catalogue Note

Following its acquisition in 1870 by the industrialist and art patron Savva Mamontov, the Abramtsevo Estate became an important centre for the Slavophile movement and hosted an artists' colony which included such towering figures of Russian painting as Ilya Repin, the brothers Viktor and Apollinary Vasnetsov, Konstantin Korovin, Mikhail Nesterov and Mikhail Vrubel. Valentin Serov was a regular visitor to Abramtsevo from childhood and it was there he painted some of his most celebrated works, such as his 1887 painting Girl with Peaches, which was in the collection of Alexandra Mamontova and is now in the State Tretyakov Gallery.

In his monograph published only two years after Serov’s untimely death in 1911, Igor Grabar praises the present work: ‘In the late autumn [of 1886] he [Serov] went to Abramtsevo, where he painted the marvellous Pond from the Tretyakov Gallery, and then his glorious Winter, which remained in Abramtsevo and still hangs there today’ (I.Grabar, Valentin Aleksandrovich Serov: zhizn' i tvorchestvo, Moscow: Knebel, 1913, p.70). The third painting mentioned by Grabar is another winter scene which at the time belonged to Ilya Ostrukhov and which is now in the Tretyakov Gallery. Slightly smaller in size, Grabar refers to it as a ‘version’ of the present lot.

Winter in Abramtsevo remained in the collection of Alexandra Mamontova, the youngest daughter of Savva Mamontov and director of the Abramtsevo Museum, until her death in 1952.

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