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Yuri Pavlovich Annenkov
1889-1974
PORTRAIT OF BORIS PASTERNAK
signed with initials in Cyrillic and dated 1921 l.r.
ink over pencil on paper
42 by 28cm, 16 1/2 by 11in.
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Provenance

Sotheby’s London, Icons, Russian Pictures and Works of Art, 16 June 1994, lot 9

Literature

E.Zamiatin, M.Kuzmin, M.Babenchikov, Portrety, Petrograd: Petropolis, 1922, p.66 illustrated


Catalogue Note

Annenkov lived in Paris before the First World War and the portraits he painted and drew on his return to Russia show the profound influence of French Cubism, with its geometric stylisation, emphasis on line and fractured planes. Among the other writers and artists who feature in Annenkov’s famous 1922 volume of modernist portraits are Akhmatova, Altman, Benois, Chukovsky, Gorky, Khudosevich, Kuzmin, Remizov, Sologub, Zamyatin and Blok on his deathbed.

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