A popular summer resort since the early 19th
century, Kuntsevo attracted a great many Muscovite painters, writers and composers, among them Leo Tolstoy, Alexei Savrasov and Petr Tchaikovsky. Pavel Tretyakov, the founder of the Tretyakov Gallery, owned a dacha there. In 1919 Konchalovsky spent a summer in Kuntsevo, executing a series of landscapes en plein air
which includes the present lot. ‘When I was studying under Konchalovsky', recalled Alexander Labas, ‘he invited me to his dacha in Kuntsevo. That exciting day remained etched in my memory. He showed me his paintings. […] They left a deep impression on me’ (A.Labas, Vospominaniya
, 2004, p.70).
According to the dedication on the reverse, the present lot was given to the artist Nikolai Antipin who was Konchalovsky’s student between 1949 and 1953.