ALEXEI ALEXEEVICH HARLAMOFF | Girl Crocheting (The First Stitch)



Girl Crocheting (The First Stitch)
signed in Latin and dated 1892 l.r.
oil on canvas
105.5 by 72.5cm, 41½ by 28½in.

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Christie’s London, 19th Century Pictures, Watercolours and Drawings, 20 March 1992, lot 43
MacConnal-Mason, London
Acquired from the above by the family of the present owner in the 1990s

Olga Sugrobova-Roth and Eckard Lingenauber, Alexei Harlamoff: Catalogue Raisonné, Düsseldorf, 2007, p.112 no.35 listed; p.116, pl.26 illustrated

Harlamoff moved to Paris in 1878 on a scholarship from the Imperial Academy of Arts in St Petersburg. His highly polished style honed in the studio of Léon Bonnat and in close study of the Old Masters made him at popular exhibitor at the Paris Salon and reportedly earned him the praise of both the British and Russian Royal families. Despite being highly sought-after as a society portraitist in Europe, his commissions included Ivan Turgenev, the Viardots and Prince Demidoff, Harlamoff returned to Russian when he could and exhibited his portraits of children and genre scenes with the Itinerant artists. It is the naturalness of expression found in these apparently unposed, tender portraits of young girls, often depicted in domestic settings much like that of his own upbringing in a family of serfs in rural Saratov, where Harlamoff really excelled. The intimacy of Girl Crocheting (The First Stitch), which depicts one of the artist’s favourite sitters, is all the more impressive given its large size.

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