Lot 110
  • 110

Konstantin Egorovich Makovsky

150,000 - 200,000 GBP
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  • Konstantin Makovsky
  • Portrait of a Lady
  • signed in Latin l.r.
  • oil on canvas
  • 141.5 by 80cm, 55 3/4 by 31 1/2 in.


St Petersburg, Union of Artists, 1905


Slovo, 27 March 1905, no.107 illustrated

Catalogue Note

The present work is a beautiful example of Makovsky's talent as a portraitist. Delicate brushstrokes evoke the sitter's sophistication and style. The painting was shown at the 1905 Union of Artists exhibition in St Petersburg and published in the Russian literary and arts journal Slovo.

Makovsky is especially renowned for his elegant female salon portraits. As Dr Elena Nesterova writes, 'his canvases...combined the formal and the intimate, the majestic and the sentimental... [They] were remarkable for their superb technique, excellent detail (...) rich and decorative colours, the freedom and energy of the brushwork' (K.Makovsky, St Petersburg, 2003, p.268).

We would like to thank Dr Elena Nesterova for providing additional catalogue information.