5 June 2019 Important Russian Art Auctions, at Asia House

5 Jun 2019

Artist Index / Full Catalogue


Study for the Portrait of Alexander I 

86. KUSTODIEV, BORIS (1878–1927)

Study for the Portrait of Alexander I  .

Pencil, watercolour, gouache and ink on paper, 35 by 19 cm.
5,000–7,000 GBP


Provenance: Acquired directly from the artist’s family by the previous owner.
Russian Art, Sotheby’s New York, 28 April 2006, lot 531.

Related literature: For the finished portrait, see A. Rostislavov, “B. Kustodiev”, Apollon, No. 12, 1910, pp. 7–14, illustrated and mentioned in the text.
M. Etkind, B.M. Kustodiev, Leningrad–Moscow, Iskusstvo, 1960, p. 192.
Boris Kustodiev, Moscow, Sovetskii khudozhnik, 1982, p. 82, No. 190, listed.
V. Kruglov, Boris Kustodiev, St Petersburg, Zolotoi vek, 2007, p. 33, illustrated; p. 451, listed.

The present lot is a study for the portrait of Alexander I, a pair to the portrait of Nicholas II, executed by Boris Kustodiev in 1906 for the Officers’ Assembly of the Life Guards Finland Regiment in St Petersburg, now in the collection of the State Russian Museum.


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