DescriptionKONSTANTIN FEDOROVICH IUON (Russian, 1875-1958)
Pencil and watercolor on board
18-1/4 x 23-3/4 inches (46.4 x 60.3 cm)
Signed lower right in Cyrillic
The family of the artist; Christie's, July 2000
Konstantin Iuon was an accomplished artist in many media. Much of this was due to his association with and tutelage by the renowned artists Konstantin Korovin and Valentin Serov. Their influence is best seen in this pencil and watercolor on board titled Summer Dawn. Korovin preceded Iuon in the Wanderers (Peredviszhniki) group, the first in the waves of associations of Russian artists that sought to revolutionize Russian art. Iuon would join him in the successor organization, World of Art, (or Mir Isskutssva) where they were free from the restraints of the Imperial Academy to pursue Impressionist works. He was such a remarkable artist that his success spanned from the Imperial era into the Soviet Russian regimes.
Perhaps highly reflected in his work here was his lifetime membership in Salon d'Automne in Paris. This pencil and watercolor shows the influence of the Salon's founders and early members, such as Henri Matisse and Pierre August-Renoir. Iuon was first and foremost a Russian artist, however, choosing to open his own art studio where he taught for 17 years, influencing the careers of many Russian artists and having in an immense impact on the direction of Russian art in the 20th century.
In Summer Dawn, Iuon lets his Impressionist style shine through in a masterful use of pencil and watercolor in this harbor scene. He personally valued this very picture enough to include it in the background of the portrait of his son he completed in 1911, a masterpiece which is exhibited in the Tretyakov Gallery in Moscow today.
Estimate: $45,000 - $60,000.
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