Lot 52
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Alexei Alexeevich Harlamoff

Estimate
100,000 - 150,000 USD
Sold
150,000 USD
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Description

  • Alexei Alexeevich Harlamoff
  • Girl with Brass Necklace
  • signed Harlamoff (lower right)
  • oil on canvas

Provenance

Private Collection, Canada
Sale: Walker's Fine Art & Estate Auctioneers, Ottawa, June 15, 2005, lot 1, illustrated (as Young Beauty)
Richard Green, London
Acquired from the above

Literature

Olga Sugrobova-Roth and Eckard Lingenauber, Alexei Harlamoff: Catalogue Raisonné, Düsseldorf, 2007, p. 166, no. 127, illustrated p. 176, pl. 117

Catalogue Note

During the nineteenth century, Russian artists sought to break from the establishment’s previous dependence on European art and reaffirm their national heritage.  As a consequence of this national spirit, genre painting gained strength and with it an interest in peasant life, culture and traditional costumes.  Though he was equally proficient in religious subjects, like his contemporary William Bouguereau, Harlamoff specialized in portraits of peasant girls. In the present work, Harlamoff’s skillfully smooth rendering of the child’s features and complexion is enlivened by the broader, more impressionistic style with which he depicts her hair, clothes and the light background adding vitality to the image while simultaneously creating a foil for the sitter’s luminous profile.
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