Acquired in Russia by the grandfather of the previous owner
A.G. Kuznetsov, Fotogravyury s kartin V.E. Makovskogo, Moscow: Tipo-litografiya Tovarishchestva I.N. Kushnerev i Ko, 1892, issue XIII-XVI, no.98, illustrated
The decorative attire of the regions of the Russian Empire was beautifully recorded in a number of Makovsky's paintings, including Ukrainian Girl (1882), a smaller oil on panel offered at Sotheby's in June 2008, which details the same white shirt, bright necklaces and headgear and brown pinafore as in the present lot. This work is a particularly cheerful example of Makovsky's peasant children portraits and comes from a collection which also contained an early still life by Valentin Serov.
The canvas has been cut and has been laid down on a wax-lined canvas. Pin holes are visible in all four corners. There are frame abrasions with minor associated paint loss along the edges. There is craquelure throughout. The surface is covered in a layer of dirt. Inspection under UV light reveals some minor retouching to the background in the lower left corner, as well as minor retouching to the edges, as well as a discoloured layer of varnish. Held in a carved wooden frame with plaster mouldings. Unexamined out of frame. "In response to your inquiry, we are pleased to provide you with a general report of the condition of the property described above. Since we are not professional conservators or restorers, we urge you to consult with a restorer or conservator of your choice who will be better able to provide a detailed, professional report. Prospective buyers should inspect each lot to satisfy themselves as to condition and must understand that any statement made by Sotheby's is merely a subjective, qualified opinion. Prospective buyers should also refer to any Important Notices regarding this sale, which are printed in the Sale Catalogue. NOTWITHSTANDING THIS REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF BUSINESS PRINTED IN THE SALE CATALOGUE."