Ivan Pavlovich Pokhitonov
Property from a Private Collection, United States
Ivan Pavlovich Pokhitonov
1850 - 1923
signed in Latin and dated 1887 l.r.; further bearing a loan label from the Minneapolis Institute of Arts on the frame
oil on panel
Panel: 16 by 35.5cm, 6 ½ by 14 in.
Framed: 26.5 by 46.5cm, 10 ½ by 18 ¼ in.
The following condition report is provided by Hamish Dewar who is an external specialist and not an employee of Sotheby's:
The artist's panel which has an even profile is providing a stable structural support.
The paint surface has a relatively even, discoloured varnish layer. There is also evidence of a dirt layer and the painting would benefit from cleaning. There is a small loss to the varnish layers within the sky in the upper centre of the composition. Intermittent minor losses are visible on the extreme edges. These are obscured when the painting is housed in its rebated frame. The paint surface displays an overall pattern of fine lines of craquelure. This appears stable. Inspection under ultraviolet light confirms the discoloured varnish layer. Inspection under ultraviolet light also shows what appear to be a few minor retouchings on and close to the extreme edges of the composition.
The painting would therefore appear to be in essentially good and stable condition. The craquelure pattern should be noted.
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In the same family collection since 1969, the present hunting scene, a genre that Pokhitonov loved and excelled at, is one of the most accomplished to appear at auction in recent memory. Two hunters, accompanied by a young boy, search their surrounding terrain. Both men look inquisitively to where the boy points with his right arm. They both have their hunting guns at the ready.
The colour palette is marked by pale grays, greens, blues, and light terracottas, and the work is permeated with light and warmth. Here, Pokhitonov demonstrates his love for nature, meticulously rendering each detail. It brings together elements of the influences which formed his style, namely that of French nineteenth-century landscape artists and Russian landscape and genre painting. It draws heavily from the Barbizon school principles, which Pokhitonov became accustomed to upon befriending Barbizon artists Jules Dupré and Henri Harpignies.
In 1887, when this painting was executed, Pokhitonov was living in Biarritz in south-western France. Throughout the next few decades, until his death in 1923, he travelled around Europe and Russia, living and working predominately in France and Belgium.