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PROPERTY FROM A PRIVATE EUROPEAN COLLECTION

Konstantin Alexeevich Korovin
HOUSE IN GURZUF WITH A CANDLELIT INTERIOR
Estimate
150,000200,000
LOT SOLD. 225,000 GBP
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PROPERTY FROM A PRIVATE EUROPEAN COLLECTION

Konstantin Alexeevich Korovin
HOUSE IN GURZUF WITH A CANDLELIT INTERIOR
Estimate
150,000200,000
LOT SOLD. 225,000 GBP
JUMP TO LOT

Details & Cataloguing

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Konstantin Alexeevich Korovin
1861-1939
HOUSE IN GURZUF WITH A CANDLELIT INTERIOR
signed in Cyrillic, inscribed Gurzuf and dated 1913 l.l.; further bearing remnants of a Union of Russian Artists exhibition label on the stretcher
oil on paper laid on canvas
85.5 by 65cm, 33 3/4 by 25 1/2 in.
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Provenance

In the same family since circa 1920

Exhibited

Moscow, XI vystavka kartin Soyuza russkikh khudozhnikov, 1913-1914

Literature

Katalog XI vystavki kartin Soyuza russkikh khudozhnikov, Moscow: Tipografia A.I. Mamontova, 1913

Catalogue Note

Korovin was interested in the effects of artificial light, and evening views form an important part of his oeuvre. His night views of Paris’ Grand Boulevards are well known, but even during his many stays in Crimea, which Korovin as well as other Russian artists loved for its southern light, he turned to this genre. A 1905 view of Yalta at night is now in the Nizhny Novgorod State Art Museum, and his Tatar Street in Yalta, Night (fig.1), painted only a few years before the present work, was acquired by the Tretyakov Gallery directly from the 8th Union of Russian Artists exhibition, an honour reserved for only the very best works.

The remnants of a Union of Russian Artists exhibition label (fig.2) suggest that the present lot was included in the 11th exhibition of the group, which took place in 1913-1914. According to the catalogue of the Moscow leg of the exhibition, Korovin showed 19 paintings, a number of which bore titles that could refer to this work, such as Night, Evening, or Street in the South, Evening.

Not seen in public for a century, the appearance of House in Gurzuf with a Candlelit Interior at auction is a rare opportunity for collectors to acquire a work from Korovin’s most coveted period, painted in his beloved Gurzuf which inspired so many of his best paintings.

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