Property from a Private Collection, France
KONSTANTIN FEDOROVICH YUON | In the Dining Room (Portrait of the Weideman Family at Petrovskoe)
Estimate: 80,000 - 120,000 GBP
KONSTANTIN FEDOROVICH YUON
In the Dining Room (Portrait of the Weideman Family at Petrovskoe)
oil over charcoal on cardboard
80 by 95cm, 31½ by 37½in.
Executed in 1899
The support has been laid down on canvasboard and there are two large air pockets on the right-hand side. The edges of the cardboard are uneven with some losses. The layers of the cardboard are separating in places, most notably along the upper left edge. There are scattered pinholes at the edges. There is a crack which is lifting slightly in the thick cream impasto in the centre of the composition and damages to the underlying cardboard have caused further cracks to the paint layer in places. Areas of restoration visible to the naked eye are present in three of the four corners, to the losses along the bottom edge and the centre of the right edge. Inspection under UV light reveals the aforementioned areas of restoration as well as other small spots to the edges. Held behind glass in a large gilt wooden frame. Unexamined out of frame.
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Collection of Anna Chachkhiani (née Weideman)
Collection of Natalia Chachkhiani, daughter of the above, Moscow
Thence by descent to the present owner
Moscow, State Tretyakov Gallery; Kiev, Museum of Russian Art, Vystavka proizvedenii K.F. Yuona k sto-letiyu so dnya rozhdeniya, 1976
Exhibition catalogue Konstantin Fedorovich Yuon, Stoletie so dnya rozhdeniya, 1875-1975, Moscow: Sovetskii khudozhnik, 1976, listed under works from 1899 with incorrect dimensions
Yu.Osmolovsky, Konstantin Fedorovich Yuon, Moscow: Sovetskii khudozhnik, 1982, p.225 listed under works from 1899
1899 marks a turning point in Yuon’s development as an artist. Recently graduated and finishing his training in the studio of Valentin Serov, he was finding his feet as an artist and searching for an aesthetic under the equal but opposing influences of the older generation of Itinerant artists and the newly formed World of Art group. He later wrote of this period ‘I felt that my place was somewhere between Moscow and St Petersburg’.
In 1899 Yuon visited his first-cousins, the Weidemans, at Petrovskoe in Tver Province, literally on the road between the two capitals. During this happy time he painted four views of the surrounding landscape, one of which Birches (Petrovskoe) was exhibited at the 28th Itinerant Art Exhibition and acquired by the famous collector Ivan Morozov, and the present lot, an intimate interior portrait of his cousins in the dining room. The Impressionistic study-like quality reveals the influence of Serov and brilliantly conveys the sense of dappled light passing through the windows and illuminating this tender family scene. The painting has been in the collection of the sitters’ family ever since.