MacDougall's Russian Art Auctions 1 December 2011

1 December 2011

Artist Index / Full Catalogue

Fairy Lake


Fairy Lake, with a signed authentication by Pauline Baranoff, the artist's wife, on the reverse.

Oil on canvas, 52 by 72.5 cm.
80,000-120,000 GBP

Executed c. 1909-1910.

Provenance: Previously with Leonard Hutton Galleries, New York (label on the reverse).
Private collection, UK.

Authenticity of the work has been confirmed by the artist’s son D. Baranoff-Rossiné.

Literature: A. Sarabianov, Baranov-Rossiné, Moscow, Trilistnik, 2002, p. 9, No. 5, illustrated.

The artist of this dream-like work, Vladimir Baranoff-Rossiné, was one of the most talented Russian artists of the École de Paris. The artist tested his skill in many styles, indefatigable in his fascination with the latest artistic ideas and made several discoveries in this field.

Fairy Lake could be included among his experiments with “dynamic painting”. He executed this work in a Symbolist style, finding a way to plastically express non-material entities and combining both the colour and musical origins of this work on one canvas. The dark blue and purple tones of sky and water — so favoured by the Symbolists — seem to embody the poetic dream and create a distinctive, mysterious atmosphere.

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