In the present lot the artist has caught a lyrical, intimate moment: a young family with a baby on a balcony at dusk. The sparse colour palette, impressionistic contours, monumentalised forms and highlighting of the essential at the expense of detail – these are the main features of Goltsev’s painting.
The canvas has a wax lining. There are frame abrasions with minor associated paint losses along the edges, most notably in the upper left. Faint stretcher bar marks are visible. There are cracks throughout the composition. Inspection under UV light reveals several areas of restoration: a large horizontal line across the centre and another through the man's leg and hand. Sweeping areas of restoration are visible to the background and both the figures' faces. Inspection under UV also reveals an uneven varnish layer. Unframed. "In response to your inquiry, we are pleased to provide you with a general report of the condition of the property described above. Since we are not professional conservators or restorers, we urge you to consult with a restorer or conservator of your choice who will be better able to provide a detailed, professional report. Prospective buyers should inspect each lot to satisfy themselves as to condition and must understand that any statement made by Sotheby's is merely a subjective, qualified opinion. Prospective buyers should also refer to any Important Notices regarding this sale, which are printed in the Sale Catalogue. NOTWITHSTANDING THIS REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF BUSINESS PRINTED IN THE SALE CATALOGUE."