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This painting was given to the Prima Ballerina, Alsoluta Tamara Toumanova, in Paris. They remain friends for life. He made many drawings and paintings of her and costume designs for her various roles. La Toumanova gave this painting to the parents of the current owner. While the artist told La Toumanova that the painting depicted a rebirth scene of the artist himself, the work really portray the birth of an angel. This painting was done during the Russian Revolution. It is extremely rare to fine any works done by Tchewlitchew which he was still in Russia. It is clearly part of the revolution in art or Russian Avant Garde. There is a freedom of line, Symbolism and Futurism incorporated in this Self Portrait.

Russian born Surrealist painter, Pavel Tchelitchew (1898-1957) was heavily influenced by his tutors: Alexandra Exter, a pupil of Léger and the director of the School for Painters and Stage Designers in Kiev, and Isaac Rabinovitch, a Cubist-Constructionist artist. Upon moving to Paris, Tchelitchew's paintings began to veer away from abstraction towards representational work, experimenting with perspective and automatism. Tchelichew's work has been exhibited throughout the world, including the Bruce Museum, Greenwich, FL; Katonah Art Museum, Katonah, NY; Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY; Museum of Modern Art, Buenos Aires, Brazil; and Salon d'Automne, Paris, France.

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The seller has recorded the following condition for this lot:
Canvas Restretched
Date: Recent
Notes: Just part of the conservation process
Date: Old
Area: Image
Location: Other location
Notes: The painting had been originally rolled to come out of Russia.
Conservator Margaret Wu smoothed out the entire surface
Degree: Minor
Date: Old
Area: Image
Location: Upper right
Notes: It is not noticiable unless you are two inches from the upper right area
Degree: Minor
Date: Recent
Area: Image
Location: Other location
Notes: Just for conservation the entire surface was revarnished.
The painting is in wonderful condition
Degree: Minor

Definition Key
Image The central image area, composition, or focal point; the area inside the margins/plate marks.
Margin Areas bordering the central image, outside the plate marks, or the perimeter area.
Edge The farthest edge of the object.
Verso The reverse/back of the object.

Minor An existing condition which generally does not involve risk of loss.
Moderate Noticeable damage, increasing in severity and/or size; should be monitored or corrected by a conservator.
Major Distinct, recognizable damage; the stability of the work is questionable and risk is a factor. Requires the attention of a conservator.
Extreme Advanced and severe damage; work is insecure and at great risk.

  • Private collection, USA
  • Pickup Location: California, USA
  • Shipping Dimensions: 36.75 x 49.75 in. (93.34 x 126.36 cm.)
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