the stone workers

Vasily Vasilievich Konovalov, 1863-1908

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Signed with a key and dated 1891, oil on canvas. Konovalov was born in Saratov. He studied at the Imperial Academy in St. Petersburg from 1879-1882 and later became a member of the Wanderers group of painters. The offered lot was entered for and won a prize at the Society for the Encouragement of the Arts in St. Petersburg. Painters were asked to enter their works anonymously and were asked to sign with a device, hence the key.