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Ivan Pavlovich Pokhitonov
1850-1923
STEAM-POWERED THRESHING MACHINE
signed in Latin and inscribed in Cyrillic I/N l.r.; further numbered N258 and titled in Cyrillic Parovaya molotilka / V imenii A.N. Ugrinovich Elizavetgradskogo uezda on the reverse
oil on panel
11 by 27cm, 4 1/4 by 10 1/2 in.
Executed in 1915
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Provenance

Collection of Marie-Louise Naveau, Liège

Exhibited

Liège, Cercle des Beaux-Arts, Exposition Iwan Pokitonow, 20 May - 8 June 1922, no.6, Batteuse. En Ukraine

Catalogue Note

The present depiction of a steam-powered threshing machine is Pokhitonov’s only work on the theme of the mechanisation of agriculture, and displays the precision and level of detail which earned him the nickname of ‘sorcerer’. The choice of subject was not accidental and would have been important to the artist who was always close to the common people and understood their everyday struggles. The introduction of machines transformed traditional peasant life and eased what could sometimes be unbearably hard labour.

Pokhitonov would have witnessed the present harvest scene on the Nikolskoe estate owned by A.N. Ugrinovich in the steppes of the Kherson Governorate, where the artist spent the majority of 1915.

The present lot will be included in the second volume of the catalogue raisonné currently being prepared by Olivier Bertrand.

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