[Berlin?]: ca. 1930. Study of historical figures and faces, ink on paper, 26.5 × 19.5 cm, ca. 1930. With the estate stamp of Masiutin to lower right. Old horizontal crease; lower edge lightly worn; else about very good.
Original study of various Russian historical figures and their faces, accompanied by text in Latin and Russian. Among the identifiable persons are Count Andrei Ia. Bezborodko (1711-1780) and Count Petr Rumiantsev (1725-1797). From the artist's estate, with his stamp. Vasilii N. Masiutin (1884-1955, also Masjutin), whose work blended symbolism, the grotesque, and even surrealism, was occasionally referred to as the Russian Goya. He was active in a range of media, including lithograph and woodcut, as well as producing original drawings and paintings. After 1921, he emigrated and settled in Berlin, where he collaborated with numerous Russian emigre publishers, such as "Neva" and "Gelikon," as well as illustrating many German translations of Russian classics.
Book ID: P4874