KONSTANTIN KONSTANTINOVICH KUZNETSOV (1895-1980)
Oil on canvas
Signed in Cyrillic “K. Kuznetsov” (lower right)
Mounted in a carved gilt-wood frame
Painting dimensions – height 21 1/4 in. (54 cm), width 39 7/8 in. (101,2 cm)
Frame dimensions – height 25 3/4 in. (65,4 cm), width 44 1/8 in. (112 cm)
Good overall condition. Canvas relined, surface in good condition. Under UV light: very few fine touch-ups in the greenery and at center of sky. Spots of rubbing and scratching to frame.
Acquired from the artist by Sonia Colefax, Los Angeles, circa 1955
By descent to the previous owner
Impressionist & Modern Art, 09 October 2013, lot 128
Konstantin Konstantinovich Kuznetsov arrived in Los Angeles from Russia in 1948. His illustrations and paintings, influenced by Ilya Repin’s historical paintings and Belinin’s fairy-tale folk style, quickly found favor with the Russian community
In the 1950s, Kuznetsov met the Russian-born Sonia Colefax, who was quickly captivated by his style of painting, particularly his detailed, idealized works of Russia’s past. Colefax eventually commissioned and purchased 56 of Kuznetsov’s works, including this painting.
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