NIKOLAI PETROVICH BOGDANOV-BELSKY
Two Women in Latgalian Dress
signed in Cyrillic l.l.
oil on canvas
197.5 by 137.5cm, 77¾ by 54¼in.
The canvas has been lined and the original tacking edges are missing. There are scattered losses to the paint layer along all four edges, this is most pronounced in the lower left and right edges. There are isolated areas of cracks throughout the composition but these appear to be stable. A few minor paint chips are visible in places. Inspection under UV light reveals retouching to places at the edges, notably an area above the centre of the left edge. It also reveals other areas of very minor scattered retouching, including to the forearm of the figure on the left and to the background to the right of the bottom of the right-hand figure's skirt. Held in a simple wooden frame with gold-painted detail. Unexamined out of frame.
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Collection of Ziedonis Ligers (1917-2001)
Ziedonis Ligers was a Latvian ethnographer, lawyer and art historian who was born in Petrograd but spent most of his life in France. A painter himself, he put together an important collection of paintings by Latvian artists at his house in Bayeux.