MacDougall Auctions 12-18 June 2008

12 June 2008

Artist Index / Full Catalogue

Portrait of Kira Petrovna Verkhovskaya

174. SOMOV, CONSTANTINE 1869-1939

Portrait of Kira Petrovna Verkhovskaya signed and dated 26 October 1928.

Pastel on coloured paper, 35.5 by 26.5 cm.

Kira Petrovna Verkhovskaya was the daughter of Alexandra Matveevna Verkhovskaya (nee Shishkova), a family friend of the Somovs from St. Petersburg . The mother and daughter worked together in Paris as dressmakers.

"During the day and in the evening light I drew. It was a sitting with my new victim, Kira, who readily agreed to pose." A letter dated 26 October 1928 from Y.N. Podkopaeva and A.N. Sveshnikova, Konstantin Andreeich Somov. Pis'ma. Dnevniki. Suzhdenia Sovremennikov, Moscow 1979.

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