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Vasily Vasilievich Rozhdestvensky
1884-1963
NORTHERN LANDSCAPE
signed in Cyrillic and dated 34 l.r.; further bearing a Vsekokhudozhnik inventory label on the reverse
oil on canvas
101 by 77cm, 37 3/4 by 30 1/4 in.
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Catalogue Note

Vasily Rozhdestvensky’s annual trips to Northern Russia throughout the 1930s took him to Karelia, the White Sea and Northern Urals, inspiring a superb series of landscapes such as White Night on the Purnemsky Lake (1932) and By the Pinega River. Grey day (1935), both in the collection of the State Russian Museum. Unlike his fellow ‘Knave of Diamonds’ artists who favoured still lifes and portraiture, Rozhdestvensky had always been drawn to the genre of landscape painting. The present motif of the lake seen through trees and the lush, if subdued, colour-scheme are characteristic of his work from this period.

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