MacDougall's Fine Art Auctions Important Russian Art Auction - Wednesday 5th June 2019
POLENOV, VASILY (1844–1927) Study of Christ , signed and dated 1886. Oil on canvas, laid on cardboard,
38.5 by 31 cm. Provenance: Collection of A. Koshelev, c. 1950. Private collection, USA. Private collection, UK.
Authenticity of the work has been confirmed by the expert V. Petrov. Authenticity has also been confirmed by the expert E. Paston.
Exhibited:V. D. Polenov, Exhibition Hall of the Union of Artists of the USSR, Moscow, 1950 (label on the reverse). Russkaya zhivopis vtoroi poloviny XIX veka i nachala XX veka, Central House of Workers of the Arts of the USSR, Moscow, 1951–1952 (label on the reverse).
Literature: Exhibition catalogue, V. D. Polenov, Moscow, 1950, p. 37.
The presented for auction shoulder-length study of Christ in a head-dress by Vasily Polenov is part of the artist’s preparatory work for one of the greatest canvasses of his famous Biblical series — Christ and the Sinner, 1888, now in the collection of the State Russian Museum. The series constitutes not only an exceptional part of the artist’s oeuvre, but equally of the 19th century Russian realist school as a whole.