Description

    PROPERTY FROM A PRIVATE COLLECTION

    Attributed to IVAN KLIUN (Russian, 1878-1942)

    Pair of Abstract Studies, 1921
    Watercolor on paper
    8-3/4 x 5-1/4 inches (22.2 x 13.3 cm)
    6-1/2 x 5-1/2 inches (16.0 x 13.5 cm)
    Signed in Cyrillic and dated lower right: 1921; signed lower right in Cyrillic

    PROVENANCE:
    Kulbin Family Private Collection, Russia.


    More Information:

    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.

    Condition Report*:

    8-3/4 x 5-1/4 inches:  Overall very good condition, with crease marks in upper right corner and along right edge; abrasion along left edge and small tear along right edge. 6-1/2 x 5-1/2 inches:  Overall excellent condition.

    *Heritage Auctions strives to provide as much information as possible but encourages in-person inspection by bidders. Statements regarding the condition of objects are only for general guidance and should not be relied upon as complete statements of fact, and do not constitute a representation, warranty or assumption of liability by Heritage. Please note that we do not de-frame lots estimated at $1,000 or less and may not be able to provide additional details for lots valued under $500. All lots are sold "AS IS" under the Terms & Conditions of Auction.

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    May, 2009
    7th-8th Thursday-Friday
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