[SHCHUKIN ART COLLECTION] A PAIR OF EARLY SOVIET BOOKS ABOUT THE SHCHUKIN COLLECTION, 1922-23
a) Ya.Tugenhold., PERVYI MUZEI NOVOY ZAPADNOY ZHIVOPISI. B. SOBRANIE S.I. SHCHUKINA [The First Museum of Modern Western Art. Collection of S.I. Shchukin], (Moscow: Tvorchestvo, 1923). Issue N 1, rare edition of only 2000. 8vo (180 x 156 mm), original soft cover, 150 pp. Text in Russian. Profusely illustrated throughout with colored as well as black and white illustrations.
b) Petr Pertsov, SHCHUKINSKOYE SOBRANIE FRANTSUZSKOY ZHIVOPISI [ShchukinÕs Collection of French Art], (Moscow: Publishing by M. I S. Sabashnikovykh, 1922), edition of 5000. 8vo (235 x 165 mm), original soft cover, 119 pp. Text in Russian. Front cover inscribed with the name Laskari in pencil. Inscriptions and comments on margins throughout the book, presumably by Laskari (the owner of this copy).
These two very rare books from this lot are dedicated to the famous S.I. ShchukinÕs collection of French art in the State Museum of New Western Art (the former mansion of Shchukin). The Museum was closed down by StalinÕs decree, and the collection was randomly divided between the Pushkin Museum of Fine Arts and the State Hermitage Museum. Sergei Shchukin was one of the most prominent Russian collectors at the beginning of the 20th century. He was a self-made Moscow cloth merchant who became an art collector, mainly of French Impressionist and Post-Impressionist art. Beginning in 1907, Shchukin opened his home to the public and personally conducted tours of his impressive collection of modern French art. After the 1917 Revolution the Soviet government confiscated ShchukinÕs collection while Shchukin escaped to Paris, where he died in 1936. His mansion in Moscow became the State Museum of New Western Art.