SERGEI ARSENIEVICH VINOGRADOV
At the Trough
signed in Cyrillic and dated 95 l.r.
oil on canvas
35.5 by 53cm, 14 by 20¾in.
Original canvas which is buckling in places. There are frame abrasions with associated paint loss along all four edges. There are fine cracks scattered throughout composition. There is a layer of surface dirt with spots in places. Inspection under UV light does not reveal any obvious signs of retouching. Held in a white painted wooden frame. Unexamined out of frame.
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Acquired by the grandfather of the present owner
At the Trough is a smaller version of the similarly titled composition at the Vitebsk Museum of Art, also dated 1895. Another comparable and identically sized painting titled Horses Drinking Water Near the Well was offered in these rooms on 31 May 2005. In the 1890s, as a young painter and a relative newcomer to the Peredvizhniki movement, Vinogradov found himself having to repeat commercially successful compositions in order to make ends meet.