The Potato Gatherers
Yuli Yulievich Klever
Property from the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Sold to Benefit Future Acquisitions Yuli Yulievich Klever 1850 - 1924 The Potato Gatherers signed in Cyrillic and dated 1909 l.r. oil on canvas Canvas: 56.5 by 66.5cm, 22¼ by 26¼in. Framed: 63.5 by 73.5cm, 25¼ by 29in. Provenance Parke-Bernet, Russian Works of Art, 18 December 1968, lot 281 Acquired at the above sale by C. Michael Paul A gift from the Josephine Bay Paul and C. Michael Paul Foundation, Inc., and the Charles Ulrick and Joseph Bay Foundation to the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts in 1968 Exhibition Newport News, Virginia, Peninsula Fine Arts Center, Russian Imperial and Popular Art, 6 May - 2 June 1981 Richmond, Virginia, Joel and Lila Harnett Museum of Art, Nineteenth Century French and Russian Art: Works from the Collection of the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, 23 February - 27 April 2014 Catalogue Note C. Michael Paul (1901-1980) was born Pavel Mikhailovich Iogolevitch in Imperial Russia where, after a brief career as a violinist, he joined the Russian army. He changed his name to Capton Michael Paul when he emigrated to the United States after World War I. After accumulating a large fortune in the petroleum business, he founded the C. Michael Paul Foundation and in 1965, he endowed the C. Michael Paul Hall at the Julliard School.