An Exhibition of Russian Drawings and Watercolours, 1780-1920
The main focus of the exhibition is Russian academic drawing on paper, encompassing a wide range themes and subjects. Highlights will include a study by Ilya Repin for his most famous masterpiece, Zaporozhian Cossacks Writing a Letter to the Turkish Sultan, and an especially rare stage design for the world-famous Ballets Russes’ Firebird, by Natalia Goncharova. Other works will include marines by Ivan Aivazovsky and Lev Lagorio, and a typical forest scene by the great Russian landscapist Ivan Shishkin. Daily Russian rural life is depicted in works by Pyotr Sokolov, Zinaida Serebriakova and Konstantin Gorbatov, as well as in portraits by Philip Maliavin, Vladimir Makovsky and Alexei Harlamoff. The exhibition will explore the dramatic developments in Russian art across the whole of the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, from academic artists, such as Karl Bryullov and Henryk Siemiradski, to artists of the avant-garde, including Goncharova, Nikolai Roerich and Boris Grigoriev. This impressive selection of Russian academic drawings, is drawn from Sphinx Fine Art’s extensive collection.

The exhibition will take place at the representative office of Rossotrudnichestvo, which has only opened its doors in March this year, but already became a major place for cultural projects related to Russia.
 
 
Lev Felixovich Lagorio (Feodosija 1827 - St. Petersburg 1905)

Sailing Ships on the Black Sea at Trabzon

signed in Cyrillic and dated ‘1885’ (lower right)
wash heightened with white
23 x 33.5 cm (9 x 13¼ in)

   

 

 
Maria Marevna (Cheboksary, Department of Kazan 1892 - London 1984)

Portrait of the Artist’s Daughter, Marika (Rivera), aged 23, with a Lover

signed and dated ‘42/Marevna’ (lower left)
pencil, pen, black ink, watercolour and gouache on paper
63.5 x 48.2 cm (25 x 19 in)

SOLD

   

 

 
Adolphe Josefovich Charlemagne (St. Petersburg, 1826 - 1901)

The Road to Chernomor

signed in Cyrillic (lower right), variously inscribed in Cyrillic (near each figure)
watercolour and gouache on paper
17 x 21cm (6¾ x 8¼ in)

   

 

 
Ivan Konstantinovich Aivazovsky (Feodosija 1817 - Feodosija 1900)

Shipwreck

signed and dated ‘Aivasovsky 1856’ (lower right)
pencil and gouache on paper
22.7 x 35 cm (8⅞ x 13¾ in)

Expertise:
Grabar-Institutes Moscow, 22nd February 2005, No. 261-EK-149-05.

   

 

 
Nicholai Egorovich Sverchkov (St. Petersburg 1817 - 1898)

Winter Sleigh Ride

signed in Cyrillic, inscribed and dated ‘1859’ (lower left)
pencil and watercolour on paper
22 x 32.5 cm (8¾x 12¾ in)

   

 

 
Nikolai Nikolaevich Karazin (Kharkov 1842 - Gatchina 1908)

Cossack on Horseback

signed and inscribed in Cyrillic and dated '28 [Oct ]1895' (lower right)
ink and wash on paper
28.5 x 38 cm (11¼ x 15 in)

   

 

 
Zinaida Evgenievna Serebriakova (Neskuchnoye estate, Kursk 1884 - Paris 1967)

Working in Soil in the Apple Orchard

signed in Cyrillic and dated ‘1908’ (lower right)
gouache over pencil on paper
33 x 54 cm (13 x 21¼ in)

   

 

 
Alexei Alekseevich Harlamoff (Saratov 1840 - Paris 1922)

Portrait of a Young Woman

signed ‘Harlamoff’ (lower left)
charcoal on paper
51 x 37 cm (20 x 14½ in)

   

 

 
Henryk Siemiradzki (Pechenegi, Ukraine 1843 - Krakow, Poland 1902)

The Rape of the Sabine Women

signed in Cyrillic (lower right) and dated '27 August 1867' (lower right)
pen and ink heightened with bodycolour over pencil on paper
54 x 76 cm (21½ x 30 in)

   

 

 
Ivan Ivanovich Shishkin (Elabuga 1832 - St. Petersburg 1898)

Edge of a Pine Forest

signed in Cyrillic and dated ‘1884’ (lower right)
graphite and charcoal on paper
32.5 x 46.5 cm (12¾ x 18¼ in)

   

 

 
Philip Andreyevich Maliavin (Kazanki, Samara province 1869 - Nice, France 1940)

A Peasant Girl in a Colourful Shawl

signed with initials (lower left); signed ‘PhMaliavin’ (lower right)
pencil and coloured crayons on paper
35 x 25 cm (13¾ x 9⅞ in)

   

 

 
Stepan Feodorovich Kolesnikov (Adrianopol 1879 - Belgrade 1955)

In the Fields

signed in Cyrillic and dated ‘S. Kolesnikov 1919/I/10’ (lower left)
gouache on board
14.2 x 27.9 cm (5⅝ x 11 in)

   

 

 
Ilya Yefimovich Repin(Chuguyev, Ukraine 1844 - Kuokkala (modern Repino, near St. Petersburg) 1930)

A Russian Wooden Church in a Graveyard

signed in Cyrillic and dated ‘73’ (lower left)
pencil on card
20.4 x 22.5 cm (8 x 8⅞ in)

SOLD

   

 

 
Ilya Yefimovich Repin (Chuguyev, Ukraine 1844 - Kuokkala (modern Repino, near St. Petersburg) 1930)

View of Krasnoye Selo

signed with initials, and inscribed and dated in Cyrillic ‘1st August 76/ Krasnoe Selo’ (lower right)
pencil on paper
9.5 x 15 cm (3¾ x 5⅞ in)

   

 

 
Paul Mak (St. Petersburg 1891 - Brussels 1967)

Portrait of a Woman

signed, inscribed and dated ‘Paul Mak/1948/Bruxelles’ (upper right)
pencil, ink and coloured crayon on paper
43 x 37 cm (16⅞ x 14⅛ in)

   

 

 
Pyotr Petrovich Sokolov (St. Petersburg 1821 - St. Petersburg 1899)

A Provincial Churchyard

signed with initials and dated ‘1841’ (lower right)
pencil and wash on paper
24 x 34 cm (9½ x 13½ in)

   

 

 
Vasili Ivanovich Surikov (Krasnoyarsk, Siberia 1848 - Moscow 1916)

The Storm

signed in Cyrillic (lower right)
graphite, pen, ink and wash heightened with white, on paper
13 x 19.7 cm (5¼ x 7¾ in)

   

 

 
Ilya Yefimovich Repin (Chuguyev, Ukraine 1844 - Kuokkala (modern Repino, near St. Petersburg) 1930)

Study for 'Zaporozhian Cossacks Writing a Letter to the Turkish Sultan'

signed in Cyrillic and dated '1878' (lower centre), numbered 52 (lower right); further numbered 115 (on the reverse)
pencil and grey wash on paper
23.5 x 33.1 cm (9¼ x 13 in)

   

 

 
Vladimir Egorovich Makovsky (Moscow 1846 - St. Petersburg 1920)

A Ukrainian Peasant Girl

signed and indistinctly inscribed in Cyrillic and dated ‘1902/14 Aug/...’ (centre right)
pencil, charcoal and watercolour on paper laid on board
34.2 x 25.3 cm (13½ x 10 in)

   

 

 
Alexei Petrovich Bogoliubov (Pomeranie, Novgorod 1824 - Paris 1896)

Hougoumont Farm, Waterloo & Outside Hougoumont Farm

one signed and dated ‘A. Bogoliubov/1870’ (lower right) and inscribed ‘Waterloo fer de Goumont’ (lower left);
the other inscribed ‘F. Goumont.’ (lower left), signed in Cyrillic (lower right)
black and white chalk on paper; gouache and watercolour on paper
56 x 71.5 cm (22⅛ x 28⅛ in); 39 x 50.5 cm (15⅜ x 19⅞ in) (2)

   

 

 
Apollinary Mikhailovich Vasnetsov (Riabovo, Viatka 1856 - Moscow 1933)

Hunters on Horseback in a Pine Forest

signed in Cyrillic (lower left)
pencil and watercolour on paper
14 x 20.7 cm (5½ x 8⅛ in)

   

 

 
Boris Dmitrievich Grigoriev (Moscow 1886 - Cagnes-sur-Mer, France 1939)

Cattle at Rest

signed ‘Boris Grigoriev’ (lower left)
gouache on paper
40 x 55.5 cm (15¾ x 21¾ in)

   

 

 
Benjamin Patersson (Varberg, Sweden c.1748 - St. Petersburg 1815)

Catherine the Great Visiting the Ice Mountain, St. Petersburg

signed, inscribed and dated 'Benj:Patersson pinxit 1788' (lower right)
grey ink and watercolour, heightened with gouache on paper
46 x 69.5 cm (18⅛ x 27⅜ in)

   

 

 
Ivan Konstantinovich Aivazovsky (Feodosija 1817 - Feodosija 1900)

A Strong Wind

signed and dated ‘Aivasovsky 1856’ (lower right)
pencil and gouache on paper
23 x 32.7 cm (9 x 12⅞ in)

Expertise:
Grabar-Institutes Moscow, 22nd February 2005, No. 260-EK-148-05.

   

 

 
Karl Pavlovich Bryullov (St. Petersburg 1799 - Marciano 1852)

Greek Lying on a Rock & Study of a Head

one signed with monogram (upper right)
ink on paper; pencil on paper
21.7 x 26 cm (8⅝ x 10¼ in); 25.3 x 20.3 cm (10 x 8 in)(2)

   

 

 
Karl Pavlovich Bryullov (St. Petersburg 1799 - Marciano 1852)

The Roman Forum

signed ‘C. Brulloff’ (lower left); inscribed and dated ‘Rome le 20 Mai 1836’ (verso)
watercolour on paper
37 x 51 cm (14½ x 20⅛ in)

   

 

 
Kiriak Konstantinovich Kostandi (Dofinovka 1852 - Odessa 1921)

Moonlight

signed in Cyrillic (lower right)
gouache on paper
21 x 29 cm (8¼ x 11⅜ in)

   

 

 
Konstantin Ivanovich Gorbatov (Stavropol 1876 - Berlin 1945)

View of a Russian Village in Winter

signed in Cyrillic (lower right)
pencil, watercolour and wash on paper
25.5 x 38.5 cm (10 x 15⅛ in)

   

 

 
Konstantin Semeonovich Visotsky (Moscow 1864 - Riga 1938)

A Crowded Market Scene, Viļāni, Latvia

signed and inscribed 'K.Vissotsky Vilani' (lower left)
watercolour and gouache on paper
23 x 28.5 cm (9 x 11 1/4 in)

   

 

 
Maksimilian Aleksandrovich Voloshin (Kiev 1877 - Koktebel 1932)

Koktebel at Dusk

with an indistinct dedication in Russian; signed in Cyrillic, inscribed and dated 'Koktebel'/1918' (lower right)
pencil, watercolour and ink on paper
26 x 34.7 cm (10¼ x 13½ in)

   

 

 
Mstislav Valerianovich Dobuzhinsky (Novgorod 1875 - New York 1957)

A View of Šaukėnai, Lithuania

signed, inscribed and indistinctly dated 'MDobuzhinsky / 3* / Saukenai' (lower right)
pencil on paper
23 x 28 cm (9 x 11 in)

   

 

 
Natalia Sergeevna Goncharova (Ladizkino, near Tula 1881 - Paris 1962)

Stage Design for 'The Firebird’, Act II

signed and inscribed 'Oiseau de Feu/ décors II tableau/ N. Goncharova' (lower right)
watercolour over pencil on paper, with gouache and gold paint
69 x 29.5cm (27 x 11¾in)

   

 

 
Nikolai Konstantinovich Roerich (St. Petersburg, Russia 1874 - Nagar, India 1947)

Mongolian Landscape: Bure-yin-gol, Tsaidam

inscribed ‘N. Roerich’ ‘N.62 1928’ and ‘Mongolian Landscape by N. Roerich, .890’ by Louis Horch (on reverse)
gouache on cardboard
38 x 47cm (12¼ x 16 in)

   

 

 
Sokrat Maksimovich Vorobiev (St. Petersburg 1817 - Turmont Kovno Province, Lithuania 1888)

View of the Entrance to the Andronikov Monastery, Moscow

watercolour and pencil on paper
37.2 x 54 cm (14⅝ x 21¼ in)