MacDougall's Russian Art Auctions 1-2 Dec 2010

1 December 2010

Artist Index / Full Catalogue


* 115. PETROV-VODKIN, KUZMA 1878-1939

Self-Portrait c. 1913

Charcoal on paper, 38 by 30 cm
35,000-50,000 GBP

With a sketch on the reverse.

This brilliant self-portrait by Kuzma Petrov-Vodkin is one more demonstration of the indisputable genius of this great master, whose influence on Russian art was truly boundless. Until a short while ago, this graphic masterpiece was held by a major European collection and appears now for the first time in this catalogue. The year of this drawing is important, for it was in 1913 that Petrov-Vodkin created several of his best works, among which was Bathing of a Red Horse.

The superficially unfinished look of the drawing is deceptive and was intentional. The Self-Portrait is absolutely finished, and so convincingly complete that, with even the most fleeting glance at this extraordinary image, the viewer is riveted by the inquisitive look of the artist and is compelled to join in his philosophical self-submersion, his spiritual withdrawal from everyday reality.

Notes on symbols:
* Indicates 5% Import Duty Charge applies.
Ω Indicates 20% Import Duty Charge applies.
§ Indicates Artist's Resale Right applies.
† Indicates Standard VAT scheme applies, and the rate of 20% VAT will be charged on both hammer price and premium.