pensive nude, c.1930

Boris Solotareff, 1889-1966

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Signed in Latin l.r., watercolour on paper. Provenance: The Estate of the Artist, New York Private Collection, New York Solotareff trained initially in Odessa, then at the Akademie der Bildenden Kunst in Munich. In the 1920s he moved to Paris where his earlier interest in landscapes gave way to a new preoccupation with the human figure. By the late 20s and early 30s initial forays into the fashionable fauve style were abandoned for more clean, elongated forms where his command of draughtmanship excelled. Solotareff emigrated to New York in 1937. Works by Solotareff can be found in the Musee du Luxembourg, Paris, San Francisco Museum of Art and the Metro-politan Museum of Art, New York.