DescriptionYEFIM ROYAK (Russian, 1889-1970)
Pair of Cubist Studies, 1924
graphite on paper; watercolor and pen and ink on paper
10 x 6-3/4 inches (25.4 x 17.1 cm)
Graphite on paper initialed and dated lower left: E.P. -- 24
Watercolor and pen and ink on paper initialed lower right: E.P.
Nikolai Ivanovich Kulbin (1868-1917) was a wealthy doctor and medical military academy professor, author, and artist. He was a member of the Russian Aristocracy and was also regarded as the 'Grandfather of Futurism.'
Living in St. Petersburg, Nikolai Kulbin was a close friend and patron of most of the Russian avant-garde artists, such as Rodchenko, Kluin, the Burliuk brothers, Chagall, Malevich, Popova, as well as others of that pre-revolution period.
Although Kulbin's life was cut short, his family preserved his own works and continued to add to their father's collection even through a difficult historical period. They obtained pieces from family friends and associates resulting in a very significant collection preserved for many years.
We are fortunate here at Heritage to offer at auction a selection of pieces from the Kulbin's family's private collection. Some of these pieces have rarely been seen outside of the family; in particular, Nikolai Kulbin's own work.
Estimate: $2,000 - $3,000.
Graphite on paper: overall good condition, with handling marks and stains along top border and left border; slight paper tear along top border. Watercolor and pen and ink on paper: overall very good condition, with slight tears and handling mark along top border; creased upper left corner.
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