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CONSTANTINE KOROVIN
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КОНСТАНТИН КОРОВИН

Stage design for opera “Demon”by Anton Rubinstein in St. Petersburg Mariinski Theater, 1902, oil/cardboard, inscribed in Russian “Act III SceneVI” and signed Konstantin Korovin, 16x12.5 inches. On reverse – a map of the same misanscene with pre-Revolutionary spelled Russian inscriptions in Korovin’s handwriting (from up to down and from left to the right) “ Map of Tamara’s cell XV/ /2 - -backcloth – Demon – forged door – couch – pitcher – icon – candle –backdrop – window – Tamara – column – ramp – door forged penetrated (see through) or solid?” Compare: similar designs for the same production in” Konstantin Korovin 1861-1939” Exhibition catalog, State Russian Museum, Palace Editions, St. Petersburg 2011, ##209-212 (illustrated on pp 195-196).

Boris Godunov. Costume for F. Chaliapin. Signed in Latin lower right and inscribed "Boris Godunov” lower right Gouache on board. [1932]. 22 x 19". In original art deco European applied ornament gilded frame. Bibliography: “A Time to Gather… RUSSIANART From Foreign Private collections”, State Russian Museum, Saint-Petersburg, Palace Editions,2008, illustrated on p.24.[The Russian opera singer Feodor Ivanovich Chaliapin (1873-1938) was the world's most famous bass in the first half of 20th century. Due to his powerful and flexible voice, together with his mesmerising stage presence and his superlative acting ability, he is to this day considered one of the greatest performers in the history of opera. He began his career in the Imperial Opera Houses in Russia and from 1901 performed in Milan, New York, London and Paris.] Compare: another version of the costume in Lobanov - Rostovski collection #573, p.165, Moscow, 1994 and a décor for the same opera - lot 133, Sotheby’s, London, 10.05.2000

Stage design for Opera “Faust”. Watercolor and charcoal on paper. Signed, dated and inscribed in Russian “Opera “Faust”- Square” Konst. Korovin 1910 March Moscow” . Additonally inscribed in Russian“Faust” on the back, 17 x 26". In original gilded and incised frame with punch work, beginning of XX century. Provenance: Confirmed GTG on reverse 23.04.1984 #966335/3; Christie’s Icons and Russian works of Art. South Kensington 13.12.1995, lot 88 Exhibited: “A World of Stage”, April- October2007, Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum, Japan (illustrated in the catalog). Bibliography: similar décor is reproduced in: KOROVIN Constantin. Exhibition to 100 anniversary of birth. Academy of Art, Moscow, 1961. PROVENANCE: Christies London Russian sale 06.03.2013 lot 77 (illustrated in the catalog)

Portrait of Feodor Chaliapin. Signed in French lower left and dated 1921. Oil on canvas laid on board. 18 x 23". Provenance: Sotheby's. The Russian Sale. London, 29.04.99, lot 75. The larger variant of the same portrait is illustrated in electronic book KOROVIN K. A., Adept, Moscow, 2002. Exhibited: “Faces of Russia”, February 2007, West Palm Beach International Art Fair, USA (illustrated on page 28 of the catalog); “A World of Stage”, April- October2007, Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum, Japan (illustrated in the catalog). ; exhibited: “A Time to Gather… RUSSIANART From Foreign Private collections”, State Russian Museum, Saint-Petersburg, February-June 2008, Moscow - Exhibition Center "Tsaritsyno", June-July 2008, Palace Editions,2008, illustrated in the catalog p. 135 ill 89

Authenticity confirmed by Куратор выставки Константина Коровина в Русском музее Владимир Круглов, ведущий научный сотрудник Государственный Русский музей, Санкт-Петербург, Россия who wrote:

[The Russian opera singer Feodor Ivanovich Chaliapin (1873-1938) was the world's most famous bass in the first half of 20th century. Due to his powerful and flexible voice, together with his mesmerising stage presence and his superlative acting ability, he is to this day considered one of the greatest performers in the history of opera. He began his career in the Imperial Opera Houses in Russia and from 1901 performed in Milan, New York, London and Paris.]

In original Louis XIV carved and gilded Lebrun frame with leaf sight, ribbon-twist, plain panels to hazzled scotia, plain panels to the cushion moulded hollow with pronounced leaf and flower hazzled corners, and demi-flower back edge .

Roses and Violets. Inscribed "Roses" and signed in Russian upper left, o/canvas. [1912]. 26 x 21". Variant in GTG, Moscow [Gosudarstvennaia Tretiakovskaia Gallereia. Katalog Jivopisi XVIII-nachala XX v.v. Moscow, Iskusstvo, 1984. p.223 #5837] from the P. Haritonenko'scollection; illustrated in "Konstantin Korovin" text by I. Nenarokomova, Slovo, Moscow, 1997, p.62.] In original XVII century hand carved partially guilt and blackened Spanish frame. [“The still-life sums up Korovin's experiments in the area of theatrical scenery. The composition's centerpiece is the magnificent roses, flush with color. Their ruby color, whose impact is made as deep as possible by the contrast of dark emerald-green shades, arrests the eye. The roses sky-rocket like colorful fireworks. One more color contrast is provided by an orange, with its contribution of color, and the purple gamut of the posy of violets, with its wealth of shades. The powerful color chords die softly in the interplay of light, shadows and reflexes. The vibration of painting patterns generates a sensation of a fine aroma of colors. The posies, ablaze with color in electric light, are shown against a backdrop of an open window. A Paris boulevard, alight with street lamps, framed by tree branches and cast-iron lattice, seems to be a precious glass painting, encased in a window frame. Being an impressionist, Korovin managed to convey the effect of artificial light, which renders the colors unexpectedly bright, and at the same time generating an illusory atmosphere of a theatrical transformation.” http://www.tretyakovgallery.ru/en/collection/_show/image/_id/274]

Winter. Oil on canvas, signed Const. KOROVIN low right, 15x 21,5 inches. In original Italian Sansovino hand-carved and guild XVII century frame. This is a later version of a well known 1894 painting made in time of KOROVIN traveling through Russian Northern provinces and acquired in 1900 by Tretiakov Gallery, Moscow (#1505 GOSUDARSTVENNAIA TRETIAKOVSKAIA GALLEREIA, katalog Jivopisi. Moscow, Izobrazitelnoe Iskusstvo, 1984 p.219). The original version is widely illustrated (see, for example, KOROVIN Konstantin. Text by Irina Nenarokomova. Slovo 1997 p. 27) and considered one of the KOROVIN masterpieces; Diaghilev wrote about it in his 1898 art revue: “ A small painting by K. KOROVIN “Winter” differs with thin coloring” (СЕРГЕЙ ДЯГИЛЕВ и Русское Искусство, Москва, «Изобразительное Искусство», 1982, p. 78).

Christmas postcard. Oil on board, signed low right, 3x4 inches. C 1930. In Italian cassetta hand carved and guild XVII century frame

PARIS AT NIGHT Oil on board, signed Constant. KOROVIN and inscribed Paris low right 20.5x14.5 inches In original Italian XVII century hand carved frame. Provenance: Christie’s New York 23.05.91 lot 135.

Espanola by night. Signed lower left, oil on canvas laid on board. [1888 – KOROVIN visited Spain in connection with preparatory works for “Carmen” in Mamontov opera] .14 x 9". (compare similar dated study in Paintings from Private Collections Leningrad/St. Petersburg. Aurora St. Petersburg, 1993 ill.148 p130.)In original French hand-carved polychrome art nouveau frame

View in Crimea. Watercolor on cardboard. Signed in Russian Konst. KOROVIN and dated 1905 low right. 10x10 inches.

Prince Igor. Costume for Feodor Chaliapin as Khan Konchak with a hawk.[1909]. Executed for Mariinski Theatre, SPB. Gouache on paper, 17x13”. Signed and inscribed “Prince Igor” in Russian on the reverse. Bears multiple instructions to a costumer in KOROVIN’s handwriting. Compare with another smaller variant of the costume presented by KOROVIN to Chaliapin (Sotheby’s Russian Pictures. London 21.05.2003. lot 140 and other costumes for Konchak in Hudojniki Russkogo Teatra 1880-1930. Sobranie Lobanovyh-Rostovskih. Catalog -raisonnais. J. Bowlt. Iskusstvo, Moscow 1994. ##539, 541 p.p.158-159. Exhibited: “A World of Stage”, April- October2007, Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum, Japan (illustrated in the catalog). [The Russian opera singer Feodor Ivanovich Chaliapin (1873-1938) was the world's most famous bass in the first half of 20th century. Due to his powerful and flexible voice, together with his mesmerising stage presence and his superlative acting ability, he is to this day considered one of the greatest performers in the history of opera. He began his career in the Imperial Opera Houses in Russia and from 1901 performed in Milan, New York, London and Paris.]

Prince Igor. Another costume for Feodor Chaliapin as Khan Konchak.. Gouache, watercolor and gold paint on paper, 10x14”. Inscribed “Prince Igor “, “Khan Konchak” N33. Bears multiple instructions to a costumer in KOROVIN’s handwriting. Stamped twice: with a date 3 July 1916 (Moscow Direction of Imperatorial Theatres) and with a stamp of Bolshoi Theater Museum in Moscow. Compare with another smaller variant of the costume presented by KOROVIN to Chaliapin (Sotheby’s Russian Pictures. London 21.05.2003. lot 140 and other costumes for Konchak in Hudojniki Russkogo Teatra 1880-1930. Sobranie Lobanovyh-Rostovskih. Catalog -raisonnais. J. Bowlt. Iskusstvo, Moscow 1994. ##539, 541 p.p.158-159. [The Russian opera singer Feodor Ivanovich Chaliapin (1873-1938) was the world's most famous bass in the first half of 20th century. Due to his powerful and flexible voice, together with his mesmerising stage presence and his superlative acting ability, he is to this day considered one of the greatest performers in the history of opera. He began his career in the Imperial Opera Houses in Russia and from 1901 performed in Milan, New York, London and Paris.]

Day. Watercolor.[1914].14 x 10". Costume for A. Pavlova. Inscribed in Russian: “Anna Pavlova’s Ballet “Clocks”, Day, N4". Provenance: Sotheby's. Icons, Russian Pictures and Works of Art. London, 16.06.1994, lot 5; Marina Henderson Gallery; Sotheby’s Sale Ballet Designs from the Collection of Mr.& Mrs. John Carr Doughty London 4.6.1981, lot 127;John Carr Doughty Collection. Exhibited: Anna Pavlova, London Museum 1956 no125; Diaghilev, Designs from the John Carr Doughty Collection, Arts Council, 1968 no.61.(labels on the reverse).

House beneath the snow. Signed lower right, oil on panel. Bears stamps on verso “Const. KOROVIN” in Latin and Cyrillic (old alphabet – before 1918) 7 x 6". Before 1918. In original European XIX century hand carved and gilt shadow box frame. Exhibited: Exposition d’Art Russe, Paris 1932, Gallery “La Renaissance”, #141, p.36 of the catalog

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