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PROPERTY FROM AN IMPORTANT PRIVATE COLLECTION, UNITED STATES

Vasily Ivanovich Shukhaev
RUSSIAN LANDSCAPE
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PROPERTY FROM AN IMPORTANT PRIVATE COLLECTION, UNITED STATES

Vasily Ivanovich Shukhaev
RUSSIAN LANDSCAPE
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Details & Cataloguing

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Vasily Ivanovich Shukhaev
1887-1973
RUSSIAN LANDSCAPE
signed in Latin and dated 22 l.r.
oil on canvas laid on board
51 by 59.5cm, 20 by 23 1/2 in.
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Provenance

Sotheby's London, The Russian Sale, 29 April 1999, lot 179

Literature

I.Myamlin, Vasilii Ivanovich Shukhaev, Leningrad: Khudozhnik RSFSR, 1972, p.45 mentioned in the text; p.149 listed under works from 1920-1921 
E.Yakovleva, N.Elizbarashvili, 'Finlyandskii period tvorchestva V.I.Shukhaeva' in
Rossiiskoe zarubezh'e v Finlyandii mezhdu dvumya mirovymi voinami: sbornik nauchnykh trudov, St Petersburg, 2004, p.54 mentioned in the text
The State Russian Museum: A Time to Gather... Russian Art from Foreign Private Collections, St Petersburg: Palace Editions, 2007, p.237, no.172 illustrated
E.Yakovleva, Vasilii Shukhaev. Zhizn' i tvorchestvo, Moscow: Galart, 2010, p.283, no.25 illustrated b/w
Exhibition catalogue Vasilii Shukhaev: A Retrospective, Moscow Museum of Contemporary Art, Moscow, 2014, p.26, no.19 illustrated

Catalogue Note

The present work is closely related to Shukhaev's series of Finnish landscapes and was completed in Paris in 1922. Shukhaev had arrived in France early the previous year. Prior to that he had spent a year in Finland waiting for his visa and other documents from his friend and former fellow student at the Imperial Academy of Arts, Alexander Yakovlev, who had been living in Paris since late 1919. The two had dreamt of an artistic career in France since before the war and the Russian Revolution only accelerated their decision to move.

Although Shukhaev’s Finnish period was short, the ten month he spent there in 1920 were very productive and expanded his horizons; in his work one begins to trace new strains and see the influence of Neoclassicism waning. The artist produced dozens of works while in Finland, including views of the village of Mustamyaki, where he stayed on the estate of Pauline Linde, the mother of the actress Anna Geinz, who had been a friend of Shukhaev and Yakovlev in St Petersburg.

It was in Mustamyaki that Shukhaev first turned to landscape painting, a genre which had not been a primary focus of his until then. The earliest of these paintings was Village Landscape, Finland (1920), the first of Shukhaev's works to show stylistic elements close to those of the avant-garde. As he continued to paint Finnish landscapes in Paris they increasingly grew more avant-garde in style. While he exhibited paintings such as Finnish Village, Roofs, A Provincial Street (Finnish Landscape) and Winter in Finland, the present lot appears not to have been shown in public at the time. Shukhaev had started painting it in 1921, and although the work was also inspired by Mustamyaki, the artist decided to call it Russian Landscape, or Russian Landscape (The Provinces), as noted by his wife Vera on the reverse of a photograph of the painting (fig.1).

We would like to thank Dr Elena Yakovleva, art historian and senior research fellow of the Russian Institute of Art History, for providing additional cataloguing information.

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