Konstantin Andreevich Somov, 1869-1939 matin d'ete signed and dated 1932, Paris and signed again on reverse with the title watercolour heightened with white over pencil 17.5 by 22.5cm., 7 by 9in. The son of a Senior Curator of the Hermitage, Konstantin Somov was born in St.Petersburg, and can be considered to be a creation of that city. He attended the Mai School with Filosofov and Alexander Benois and went on to study at the Academy in St.Petersburg where he was taught by Vasili Vereschagin, Pavel Chistyakov, and latterly Ilya Repin. He worked in Paris between 1897-1899 with Alexander Benois and attended the Academie Colarassi. He was a founder member of the World of Art which came to dominate the artistic climate of Russian between 1890 and 1917.Somov d

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Konstantin Andreevich Somov, 1869-1939 matin d'ete signed and dated 1932, Paris and signed again on reverse with the title watercolour heightened with white over pencil 17.5 by 22.5cm., 7 by 9in. The son of a Senior Curator of the Hermitage, Konstantin Somov was born in St.Petersburg, and can be considered to be a creation of that city. He attended the Mai School with Filosofov and Alexander Benois and went on to study at the Academy in St.Petersburg where he was taught by Vasili Vereschagin, Pavel Chistyakov, and latterly Ilya Repin. He worked in Paris between 1897-1899 with Alexander Benois and attended the Academie Colarassi. He was a founder member of the World of Art which came to dominate the artistic climate of Russian between 1890 and 1917.Somov designed the poster for the inaugural Mir Iskusstva exhibition of Russian and Finnish artists in 1898. Emigrating from Russia in 1923 he died in Paris in 1939. His work epitomised the elegance of the World of Art. The offered example being one of a number of works of similar vein which are representative of his work and the age in which they were produced. His style was one of delicate historicism with frequent witty and elegant depictions of 18th century themes. Konstantin Andreevich Somov, 1869-1939 matin d'ete signed and dated 1932, Paris and signed again on reverse with the title watercolour heightened with white over pencil 17.5 by 22.5cm., 7 by 9in. The son of a Senior Curator of the Hermitage, Konstantin Somov was born in St.Petersburg, and can be considered to be a creation of that city. He attended the Mai School with Filosofov and Alexander Benois and went on to study at the Academy in St.Petersburg where he was taught by Vasili Vereschagin, Pavel Chistyakov, and latterly Ilya Repin. He worked in Paris between 1897-1899 with Alexander Benois and attended the Academie Colarassi. He was a founder member of the World of Art which came to dominate the artistic climate of Russian between 1890 and 1917.Somov designed the poster for the inaugural Mir Iskusstva exhibition of Russian and Finnish artists in 1898. Emigrating from Russia in 1923 he died in Paris in 1939. His work epitomised the elegance of the World of Art. The offered example being one of a number of works of similar vein which are representative of his work and the age in which they were produced. His style was one of delicate historicism with frequent witty and elegant depictions of 18th century themes.