Property from a Private Collection, New York
ROBERT RAFAILOVICH FALK | The Kremlin on a Grey Day, View from the Artist's Studio
Estimate: 80,000 - 120,000 GBP
ROBERT RAFAILOVICH FALK
The Kremlin on a Grey Day, View from the Artist's Studio
oil on canvas
63.5 by 78.5cm, 25 by 31in.
Executed in 1948-1949
Original canvas which is buckling in places, most notably in the upper left corner and in the embankment on the lower left. There are stretcher bar marks along the edges. Craquleure is visible in places, most notably in the upper left quadrant and along the left edge where there is some evidence of flaking. There is a diagonal scratch of a few cm to the water in the lower left which has some associated paint loss. There is a layer of surface dirt with staining in places, most notably to the sky to the right of the Kremlin. Inspection under UV light reveals some inpainting to the areas of paint loss in the upper left and upper right corners. Held in a modern silver frame with a large canvas slip. Unexamined out of frame.
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Acquired from the above by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Soviet Union
David Barnett Gallery, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
William Doyle, European and American Art, 20 November 2005, lot 112
D.V.Sarabianov, Robert Falk: Catalogue Raisonné, Moscow, 2006, p.730, no.1080 illustrated
The present lot was acquired by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Soviet Union from the artist's widow via a commission store. It was bought to decorate the walls of Soviet embassies.