PETR PETROVICH KONCHALOVSKY | TREE AGAINST THE SKY
PETR PETROVICH KONCHALOVSKY
TREE AGAINST THE SKY
signed in Cyrillic and dated 1923 l.l.; further signed, titled, numbered 511 and dated on the reverse
oil on canvas
82 by 99cm, 32¼ by 39in.
The canvas has been strip-lined. There is some paint flaking to the top edge to the right of the tree with some associated losses. Faint stretcher bar marks are visible along the edges. There is fine craquelure throughout. Frame abrasions with minor associated paint loss are visible along the edges. There is a layer of surface dirt. The varnish has discoloured unevenly and there are some drip marks in places. Inspection under UV light reveals retouching along the edges, a vertical line of retouching to the sky to left of the tree as well as some minor scattered retouching elsewhere. Held in a modern gold-coloured frame.
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Christie's New York, Russian Paintings and Works of Art, 24 April 2006, lot 162
Acquired at the above sale by the present owner
Konchalovsky. Khudozhestvennoe nasledie, Moscow: Iskusstvo, 1964, p.108 listed as zhi 401 (located in London)