Moscow, Moscow Museum of Modern Art, Vasily Shukhaev: A Retrospective, October - December2014
Exhibition catalogue Vasily Shukhaev: A Retrospective, Moscow:Moscow Museum of Modern Art,2014, no.56, illustrated pp.47 and 120
The present lot is a study for the large-format canvas Carousel (whereabouts unknown), executed during the artist’s stay in Italy between 1912 and 1914. The work was exhibited at the 1918 Mir Iskusstva exhibition and featured in the illustrated catalogue of the show. The present study for the painting was shown at a recent retrospective exhibition of Shukhaev, which took place at the Moscow Museum of Modern Art in 2014 (fig.1).
The sheet has discoloured in line with age and is undulating. There are losses to the sheet in both top corners and along the edges, most notably to the right of the bottom edge. There are a number of tears to the edges, notably a large tear in the upper right edge, several on the left edge, and a smaller one towards the centre of the bottom edge. The edges and corners of the sheet are worn. There is creasing throughout, notably along the bottom edge. Further there are two diagonal creases running across the upper right corner, and another crease running through the lower left corner. On the reverse a strip of paper has been attached along the right edge in order to reinforce the work and repair the tears. The same paper has been used elsewhere on the reverse to repair the tears. There are remains of adhesive tape on the reverse along the edges. There is a layer of surface dirt with spots in places. Some spots of foxing is scattered throughout. The sheet has been hinged to the mount along the top edge in several places. Held in a simple black frame behind Plexiglass. 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."