Lot 9
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Ivan Konstantinovich Aivazovsky

80,000 - 120,000 GBP
197,000 GBP
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  • View of the Caucasus with Mount Kazbek in the Distance
  • signed in Cyrillic and dated 1868 l.l.
  • oil on canvas
  • 41 by 62.5cm, 16 1/4 by 24in.


Acquired by the grandfather of the present owner in St Petersburg before 1917
Thence by descent

Catalogue Note

In 1868 Aivazovsky set out on an extended journey across the Caucasus which took him to Yerevan, Tiflis, Dagestan, as well as Chechnya. It proved to be a very fruitful trip for the artist. His biographer Nikolai Sobko lists eleven Caucasian Views dating from 1868-69, in addition to paintings with more specific titles (G.Caffiero and I.Samarine, Seas, Cities and Dreams. The Paintings of Ivan Aivazovsky, London, 2000, p.310). While in Yerevan, Aivazovsky painted Mount Ararat, a view of which dating from 1869 was sold in these rooms in 2005. The signature on the latter closely resembles the one found on the present work, and in both works is applied diagonally across a rocky outcrop in the lower left of the composition.

View of the Caucasus with Mount Kazbek in the Distance was acquired by the grandfather of the present owner, a German national who lived in St Petersburg from approximately 1907 until 1917. The director of a shoe factory, he is known to have bought a number of paintings while in Russia and his collection included a second Aivazovsky, a seascape, long since sold.

The present work is included in the numbered archive of the artist's work compiled by Gianni Caffiero and Ivan Samarine.