25 Nov 2019
Summer Landscape, signed with initials and datsigned with initials and dated 1936, also further signed, titled in Cyrillic and dated 1931–1936 on the reverse.
Gouache on paper, 28 by 36 cm.
Provenance: Collection of S. Kliunkova-Soloveichik.
Private collection, USA.
Private collection, Europe.
The work bears a stamp with authentication from S. Kliunkova-Soloveichik, the artist’s granddaughter, on the reverse.
Authenticity of the work has been confirmed by the expert O. Glebova.
Literature: S. Kliunkova-Soloveichik, Ivan Vasilievich Kliun, New York, IVK Art, 1993, p. 334, illustrated and listed.
Kliun’s realistic landscapes in the 1930s turn out to be a kind of continuation of the countryside studies of his old haunts that he made in his younger days, and then throughout his life, in the Moscow area, in Vladimir Region and in his home village of Bolshie Gorki.
Kliun talked a lot about his transition to Realist art — both in day-to-day jottings and his memoirs. He attached tremendous importance to that fact, regarding it as a vital stage in his artistic evolution and its logical conclusion. It is most remarkable that not only Kliun’s avant-garde period but this period too is reflected in the small collection of his works presented at the auction.
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