NIKOLAI PETROVICH BOGDANOV-BELSKY
A Difficult Exercise
signed in Latin and dated 1929 l.r.; further titled in German on an Art Exhibitions Agency label on the reverse
oil on canvas
88.5 by 66.5cm, 34¾ by 26¼in.
Original canvas which is slack on its stretcher and buckling along the top and bottom edges. The canvas shows some minor creasing to the upper half as well as a horizontal stretcher bar mark along the top edge. There is a dent and circular craquelure from impact to the background in the lower left quadrant. There are frame abrasions with minor scattered paint loss to the edges. Scattered flecks of paint loss are visible elsewhere, most notably to the left of the boy's lips, to his hair, to the bottom of the lining of his coat and to the background. There are a few areas of paint shrinkage, notably to his hair and the fur collar of his coat. There is layer of surface dirt and a discoloured varnish layer. Inspection under UV confirms the presence of a thick varnish layer but no obvious signs of retouching. Held in a gilt wooden frame with decorative plaster mouldings.
"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.
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Berlin, Ausstellung Russischer Malerei und Graphik, January-February 1930