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PROPERTY FROM A PRIVATE COLLECTION, UNITED STATES

Sergei Arsenievich Vinogradov
BEGGARS AT THE MONASTERY GATES
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PROPERTY FROM A PRIVATE COLLECTION, UNITED STATES

Sergei Arsenievich Vinogradov
BEGGARS AT THE MONASTERY GATES
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Sergei Arsenievich Vinogradov
1869-1938
BEGGARS AT THE MONASTERY GATES
signed in Latin and dated 1929 l.l.
oil on canvas
71.5 by 89.5cm, 28 1/4 by 35 1/4 in.
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Provenance

A gift from the artist's widow to the family of the present owner in the 1940s

Exhibited

Possibly Paris, Galeries d'Alignan, Exposition d'art russe, 1931, nos.314 or 315

Catalogue Note

In the present lot Vinogradov depicts a group of beggars standing at the gates in Petrovsky Tower, at the very entrance to the Pskovo-Pechersky Monastery complex. His skillful use of colour brings the architecture to life, the faithfully observed lilac shadows contrast with the whitewashed walls of the gates. Just visible at the top of the composition is the icon of the Hodegetria Mother of God, richly decorated with pearls and precious stones and the painted inscription, a verse from Psalms, which reads 'The Lord loves the gates of Zion more than all the other dwellings of Jacob'.

Almost all the works from Vinogradov's Pskovo-Pechersky Monastery complex series found buyers immediately after they were painted in 1928-1929. The present lot was one of the very few which the artist held on to and it was most likely exhibited at the Galeries D’Alignan in Paris in 1931 and later at his personal exhibition in Riga in 1935. The mother of the present owner assisted Irina Kazimirovna, the artist’s widow, to immigrate to Canada and in gratitude Irina presented the owner’s family with this canvas.

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