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PROPERTY FROM THE FAMILY OF THE ARTIST

Konstantin Egorovich Makovsky
PORTRAIT OF THE ARTIST'S DAUGHTERS OLGA AND MARINA WITH TEDDY BEAR
Estimate
150,000200,000
LOT SOLD. 181,250 GBP
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PROPERTY FROM THE FAMILY OF THE ARTIST

Konstantin Egorovich Makovsky
PORTRAIT OF THE ARTIST'S DAUGHTERS OLGA AND MARINA WITH TEDDY BEAR
Estimate
150,000200,000
LOT SOLD. 181,250 GBP
JUMP TO LOT

Details & Cataloguing

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Konstantin Egorovich Makovsky
1839-1915
PORTRAIT OF THE ARTIST'S DAUGHTERS OLGA AND MARINA WITH TEDDY BEAR
signed in Latin l.r.; further inscribed in Cyrillic on the stretcher
oil on canvas
89 by 71.5cm, 35 by 28 1/2 in.
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Literature

Niva, no.2, 1911, p.33 illustrated b/w 

Catalogue Note

Makovsky’s two daughters feature frequently in his sketches, oil studies and more finished watercolours (fig.1). The present large-scale oil is one of the finest in this series and was clearly prized by the artist himself since he chose it to be featured in the studio photograph taken by the renowned photographer, Karl Bulla (fig.2). A superb and intimate double-portrait, the rich palette and decorative interior is highly comparable to Portrait of the Artist’s Son in the Studio (1882, The Novgorod State Museum). As Elena Nesterova remarks in her monograph on the artist, images of childhood occupy a special place in Makovsky’s portraiture: ‘The combination of formal and intimate, effective and sentimental, “toy-like” and “grown-up” features are turned into mere devices in Makovsky’s portraits of children, but the brilliant and easy artistic manner made them original and memorable’. The painting has remained with the artist’s descendants for over a century and the present auction marks its first public appearance.

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