[Riga?]: ca. 1920. Study of various figures and faces, ink on paper, 21 × 17 cm, ca. 1920 (paper with watermark of a Riga papermill). With the estate stamp of Masiutin to lower right. Light wear to edges; matted using adhesive tape; else about very good.
Original ink sketch of various figures and faces, quite likely from Masiutin's earlier phase, before his poor eyesight led him to focus largely on the woodcut media. The image has a phantasmagoric quality similar to his early etchings. 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: P4875