Repin Ilya Russian Painter. 1844-1930. MacDougal`s Important Russian Art Auction. London 1st Dec.2011.

Ilya Repin. Russian artist. (1844-1930)

Portrait of the violinist Cecilia Hansen. Lot 22.

MacDougall`s Important Russian Art Auction. London 1st December 2011. 30A Charles 11 St. off St James. SW1Y.10.30.a.m.

Ilya Repin`s work often depicted the life of simple people with social criticism. Ilya Repin was living in Finland when he painted this portrait of Cecilia Hansen, which he commenced  in 1922, but it was only in 1927 that he exhibited the result  at the Salon Strindberg.. The harmonies of the multitude of reds, & the use of the whites is quite stunning.

There was a second portrait of Cecelia Hansen,with the violin raised as if to play, which she took with her to Europe. Cecilia Hansen was married to the pianist Boris Zakharov.

This is a rare opportunity to acquire a heritage portrait by a very famous Russian artist of the early 20th century.

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