YURI PAVLOVICH ANNENKOV
signed G.Annenkoff (lower left)
oil on canvas
36 by 28 ½ in.; 91.5 by 72.4 cm
The following condition report was kindly provided by Simon Parkes Conservation, Inc.:
This work is in good overall condition. The canvas has been lined using wax as an adhesive. The tacking edges are fully intact and the stretcher is original. The texture of the paint layer is still lively, despite the lining. Although the surface is free of airborne dirt, the paint layer requires further cleaning in order to remove unnecessary old restorations.
Under ultraviolet light, in the white and off-white areas of the sky and the facade of the building in the center left there are broad strokes of color which fluoresce darkly. These are non-original, broadly applied retouches. There is original pigment within the darker colors on the far left, lower left and right side which also shows darkly under ultraviolet light. However, none of this corresponds to restoration.
The broad restauration is easily removable. The artist worked with a palette knife and intended for some areas to show the grainy texture of the canvas. It is this texture that has been broadly painted over by a past restorer. This repaint has been tested and it is easily soluble. Once it has been removed, the work will be ready to hang.
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Collection of Maurice J. Speiser, Philadelphia (by 1930)
Sotheby Parke Bernet, New York, 26 January, 1944, lot 62
Acquired at the above by Norman Norell
Sotheby Parke Bernet, New York, 15-17 March, 1973, lot 565
Exhibition catalog, Annenkoff, Crillon Galleries, Philadelphia, 1931, no.3 illustrated
Exhibition catalog, Annenkoff, John Becker Gallery, New York, 1931, no.2 illustrated
Philadelphia, Crillon Galleries, Annenkoff, 28 February - 17 March 1931, no.3
New York, John Becker Gallery, Annenkoff, 27 March - 14 April 1931, no.2
A prominent lawyer and collector from Philadelphia, Maurice J. Speiser (1880-1948) frequently visited Paris with his wife in the Roaring Twenties and formed long-lasting relationships with modernist writers, musicians and artists such as Hemingway, Prokofiev and Chagall. Among them was Annenkov, who had settled permanently to Paris in 1924 and was already making a name for himself in the capital of the arts. In advance of his first solo exhibition in America which took place in 1931, Annenkov writes to Speiser: "Would it be possible for you to lend, such of my pictures belonging to you, to my exhibition? They are very representative of my work and their absence from the exhibition would be very regrettable for me." In the end not one, but two solo exhibitions would be organized, the first at the Crillon Galleries in Philadelphia, and the second at the John Becker Gallery in New York. The present lot was included in both exhibitions.