4 June 2014 Russian Art Auctions

4 June 2014

Artist Index / Full Catalogue

Children by the Lake

* 30. MAKOVSKY, KONSTANTIN (1839-1915)

Children by the Lake, signed.

Oil on canvas, 47 by 64 cm.
150,000-200,000 GBP

Authenticity of the work has been confirmed by the expert V. Petrov.

Konstantin Makovsky’s Children by the Lake is a fine example of the artist’s late work from a time when his painting was influenced by French Impressionist experiments and in particular the palette and stylistic manner of Auguste Renoir. As early as the 1880s Makovsky typically applied paint in agile, undulating brushstrokes to imbue all the space in his pictures with a special, atmospheric grace. In the last years of his career, the painter practically repudiates umbrous dark undertones, freeing up his palette for pure colour, which had a beneficial influence on the generally more elevated mood of his pictures. Their delicate pastel colours gave an almost weightless feel to the paintings of landscapes, still life and small genre scenes on which Makovsky lavished such love throughout his entire life.

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