Leonid Pasternak

On the Sofa

c.1916

Medium
Watercolour on paper
Dimensions
Support: 337 x 445 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Purchased 1960
Reference
T00344

Catalogue entry

Leonid Pasternak 1862-1945

T00344 On the Sofa c.1916

Inscribed 'L. Pasternak' (in cyrillic) t.l. and 'L. Pasternak' b.r., with export stamp
Watercolour on buff paper, 13 1/4 x 17 1/2 (33.5 x 44.5), the right side torn and irregular
Purchased from Mrs Lydia Pasternak Slater (Grant-in-Aid) 1960
Prov: Mrs Lydia Pasternak Slater, Oxford
Exh: Memorial Exhibition of Paintings and Drawings by Leonid Pasternak 1862-1945, Ashmolean Museum, Oxford, April-May 1958 (36) as 'The Artist's Wife and Daughter', wrongly dated c.1920; Leonid Pasternak: The Russian Scene, Pushkin House, London, October-November 1958 (30)

The artist's daughter Mrs Lydia Pasternak Slater wrote (May 1960) that this drawing represents her mother and sister Josephine and was almost certainly made in Moscow before 1918, probably about 1916. The artist married the concert pianist Rosalia Kauffmann (1867-1939) in 1889. Josephine married her cousin Frederick Pasternak.

Published in:
Ronald Alley, Catalogue of the Tate Gallery's Collection of Modern Art other than Works by British Artists, Tate Gallery and Sotheby Parke-Bernet, London 1981, p.583, reproduced p.583

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