VERA VLADIMIROVNA KHLEBNIKOVA (RUSSIAN 1891-1941)
Sun Bathing, 1920s
oil on board
40 x 51 cm (15 3/4 x 20 in.) [sight]
Acquired by the present owner from a private collection in Paris
A copy of a comparative artistic analysis provided by Maria Valyayeva, Moscow, 2008
A copy of astylistic analysis report by Mikhail German, Saint Petersburg, 2012
n.b. Copies of all above expertises available upon request.
The present lot is a very rare work by the artist Vera Khlebnikova, the younger sister of the leading Futurist poet Velimir Khlebnikov. An exceptional painter, her works are delicate in character and composition, showing not only Fauvist influences but reminiscent of Vrubel and Nesterov as well. Khlebnikova's paintings come to market exceedingly rarely, the majority of them having been destroyed in a studio fire in the 1930. Having began studying art at 14 in Kazan, she would later study in Kiev, Moscow, and St. Petersburg, before coming to Paris in 1912, where she became the favorite student of Kees van Dongen at the Academie Witte.