T00345 The Artist's Daughters beside a Stove 1918
Inscribed in cyrillic 'Pasternak | 1918 | XI' t.l.
Red and black chalk on paper, 10 3/4 x 17 (27 x 43), top edge 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 (29) as 'The Artist's Daughters writing'; Leonid Pasternak: The Russian Scene, Pushkin House, London, October-November 1958 (31)
Repr: Max Osborn, Leonid Pasternak (Warsaw 1932), offset 26 in colour as 'Am Ofen'
The sitters are the artist's two daughters, Lydia (born 1902) and Josephine (born 1900), who both subsequently settled in Oxford. Josephine, with plaits, is beside a stove, hence the original title 'Am Ofen' (At the Stove). Another drawing of 'The Artist's Daughters beside a Stove', dated 20 November 1918, is in the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford. Both were done in Moscow at a time of acute fuel shortage.
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