The offered pair of landscapes was presented to the Countess by Stelletsky in the 1920s. Based in France from 1914, Stelletsky befriended many of the Russian émigrés including Countess Shuvalova to whom he sent letters and illustrated cards. The courtly and bucolic motifs in the present landscapes recall the fresco cycles of Italian palaces, in particular Benozzo Gozzoli's celebrated Procession of the Magi at the Palazzo Medici Riccardi in Florence, which Stelletsky studied first-hand in 1907 with his friend and fellow student Boris Kustodiev.
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