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Konstantin Alexeievitch Korovin, Roses and Violets
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TITLE:  Roses and Violets
ARTIST:  Konstantin Alexeievitch Korovin (Russian, 1861–1939)
WORK DATE:  1912
CATEGORY:  Paintings
MATERIALS:  Oil on canvas in hand-carved Dutch XVIII century frame with crossetted corners.
MARKINGS:  Inscribed "Roses" and signed in Russian upper left
SIZE:  h: 26 x w: 21 in / h: 66 x w: 53.3 cm
STYLE:  Impressionism
PRICE*:  Contact Gallery for Price
GALLERY:  Russian Art Salon  +1-212-628-1788  Send Email
DESCRIPTION:  “The still-life sums up Korovin's experiments in the area of theatrical scenery. The composition's centrepiece is the magnificent roses, flush with colour. Their ruby colour, whose impact is made as deep as possible by the contrast of dark emerald-green shades, arrests the eye. The roses sky-rocket like colourful fireworks. One more colour contrast is provided by an orange, with its contribution of colour, and the purple gamut of the posy of violets, with its wealth of shades. The powerful colour chords die softly in the interplay of light, shadows and reflexes. The vibration of painting patterns generates a sensation of a fine aroma of colours. The posies, ablaze with colour in electric light, are shown against a backdrop of an open window. A Paris boulevard, alight with street lamps, framed by tree branches and cast-iron lattice, seems to be a precious glass painting, encased in a window frame. Being an impressionist, Korovin managed to convey the effect of artificial light, which renders the colours unexpectedly bright, and at the same time generating an illusory atmosphere of a theatrical transformation.”

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PROVENANCE:  Private collection, Moscow
ONLINE CATALOGUE(S):  Russian Art Salon Inventory Catalogue

LITERATURE:  Variant in GTG, Moscow [Gosudarstvennaia Tretiakovskaia Gallereia. Katalog Jivopisi XVIII-nachala XX v.v. Moscow, Iskusstvo, 1984. p.223 #5837] from the P. Haritonenko's collection; illustrated in 'Konstantin Korovin' text by I. Nenarokomova, Slovo, Moscow, 1997, p.62.
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