ASTA 263 - ARTE ANTICA E DEL XIX SECOLO

Lot N: 0440

BORIS GEORGIEV (1888 - 1962)

Haydarabad Princess Nilufar.

50 x 65.5 cm

Provenance: Giacometti Georgiev collection. With autenthication of Maria Giacometti Georgiev. Signature upper left. References: Plamena Dimitrova Racheva, Boris Georgiev of Varna, Ed. Kibea, p. 89 and 137. The first portrait of Nilufar was created in Delhi in 1936. She was a Turkish princess, the daughter of a Georgian aristocrat, and the cousin of Princess Duru Shevar. She was married to on of the Haydarabad maharaja's sons. The portrait depicts her from the waist up in the foreground, with the line of the horizon low in the background. To the left behind her is the palace of Haydarabad. The gentle figure dominates in space, but looks lonely in a deserted world. The dynamic line of he silhouette causes the image of the princess to stand out. She is dressed in the traditional white silk sari with golden bands. She hypnotises the viewer with her gaze; her beautiful face is kind and noble. The perfectly executed lines are carved in the primer and coloured, and they follow graphically the graceful gestures and the rich folds of the silk, entwined with the ornaments of the sari's golden band. The young woman wears no jewellery but she creates such a feeling of harmony that her beauty becomes almost unreal. The artist considered Nilufar one of the most beautiful women he ever painted. On April 2, 1936 he wrote from Delhi to his friend Sophia Polkovnikova: "... I began the portrait of the Haydarabad princess, and extraordinary beauty. The portrait is progressing well and she is delighted by it. Yesterday, while I was painting her, I told her the romantic story of our youth and of your destiny. She was moved to tears. Although incredibly beautiful (you cannot really judge from the small photos), she is an exceptionally sensitive and noble person".

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Euro 12.500,00

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Lot N: 0441

BORIS GEORGIEV (1888 - 1962)

Happiness hut.

83.5 x 52 cm

Publication: Plamena Dimitrova Racheva, Boris Georgiev of Varna, Ed. Kibea, p. 29 e 112. Collection Virginia Giacometti, Italy. The landscape depicts the small hut in the Venetian Alps where the artist lived for several years with his younger sister Katya. In the introduction to his 1929 Berlin exhibition, Boris Georgiev told the following story: "Then I built myself a hut in the Venetian Alps so that I could stay forever with the shepherds, the peasants and the beasts, to make my living with my two hands, from the earth, through hard work. I was hoping that I would thus become free from the awful slavery to society, for society regards the artist as a beggar, so that when the beggar starves to death, the society may profit from the works of his suffering. It almost seemed that I had reached the peak of my happiness a mortal man could have in this world, I seemed to have attained, particularly when my sister, a creature of heavenly kindness and spirituality, joined me to share my new life. Although younger than me, it was she who showed me the possibility for a purer life, for spiritual and moral beauty, and the way that led to them". Information about the Happiness hut is found in a 1962 letter from Nikola Soychev of Pazardjik to writer Mihail Kremen. The letter reads: "In one of his drawings Boris Georgiev depicted his sister Katya shoveling snow in the yard of their snow-covered hut. The hut in question was built by Georgiev himself in Monte Lefre, near Trentino in the Alps, where he has been living with the shepherd for about two years. Looking at the drawing, one would say that Georgiev is a sympathetic recorder of his contemporary life. He documents each day with a perfect picture. Katya takes a keen interest in poetry and music. Boris Georgiev himself occasionally plays the mouthorgan and the piano. He is impressed by the music of Chopin, Beethoven, Mozart and Tchaikovscky. He also loves flowers". The reviews of the artist's exhibition in Brazil mention that it was in mountain home that the artist adopted "the secret teaching of spiritual seclusion amidst the mysteries of nature". It was here that Georgiev created such insightful paintings as "The Eternal Road", "Ave Natura", "Winter", "Contemplation", "Ecce home", and the "Weltschmerz" triptych that he described as his autobiography, as the diary of his soul.

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Euro 13.000,00

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First session 1-113 19/06/19

11:00

Second session 114-232 19/06/19

16:00

Third session 233-340 20/06/19

11:00

Fourth session 341-469 20/06/19

16:00

Exposition

14 - JUNE 18TH
10-1PM; 3.30PM-6.30PM (SATURDAY AND SUNDAY INCLUDED).