30 November 2004
Pont des Arts Signed.
Oil on canvas, 81 by 101 cm.
Provenance: Family of the artist D'atelier 1926. Inventory number 30 in the family archives of Monique Vivier-Branthomme. Numbered on the reverse 654. A contemporary of Konstantin Korovine, Kousnetzoff was born in Nizhny Novgorod into a noble and rich family. In 1896 he left Russia to continue his education in the art centres of the world, came to London, Paris, Rome, and Florence. He finally chose to settle in France where together with Borisov-Musatov and Shervashidze, he attended the atelier of Carmon. Though he predominantly painted landscapes of France he exhibited regularly both in Paris and in Moscow and St. Petersburg. The Bolshevik revolution in Russia cut him off from his country; he continued his work in France; in 1927 he settled in Paris, painting its squares and embankments, which on his canvases look both lyrical and mystical. Though his works are very little known in Russia for obvious political reasons, his paintings are a fine example of true Russian impressionism.
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