Daria Khristova nee Chernenko
L'Ecole de Paris / Pavel Chmaroff (Russian/French, 1874-1950) Portrait of a young woman
£2,000 - £3,000
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Leroy Alain, Drouot - Montaigne, Paris, Tableux Impressionistes, 15 March 2008, lot 21
Private collection, UK (acquired from the above sale)
Born in Voronezh, a son of an artisan worker. Studying under Ilya Repin, Pavel Chmaroff graduated from the St. Petersburg Academy of Arts and in 1898 he received a prize of the Society for the Encouragement of Artists (OPKh) which allowed him to the travel around Europe. In 1900-1902 he visited Vienna, Rome, Florence, Munich, Paris and in 1904 he travelled with B. M. Kustodiev in Spain. In 1904 he was awarded a large gold medal at the International Exhibition of Saint-Louis. A year later, his work "Waiting for the passage" received the first prize of Alexander III from the Fund. A. I. Kuindzhi.
As mainly a portraitist Chmaroff had the chance to paint many interesting Russians from the aristocracy, such as the Grand Duchess Maria Pavlovna, Countess Musina-Pushkin, Minister of War Kuropatkin and publisher A. S. Suvorin.
In 1923 he emigrated to France, fearing the change in regime. He continued to work with portraiture and spent two years in Rome where he painted portraits of the members of the Italian royalty. In 1928, he held a successful exhibition at the Charpentier Gallery, and his painting 'Bathing' was purchased by the Luxembourg Museum of Paris.
Hi works are seen at the Royal Museum in Brussels, the Tate Gallery in London and other museums in France, Holland and Russia.