Helene Polovtsoff (1888-1975)

Artist Name Helene Polovtsoff (1888-1975)
Title Irene Chisan Denbigh

A fine very large and detailed Art Deco pastel pencil chalk portrait of a young woman by Russian female artist Helene Polovtsoff. The sitter is Irene Chisan Denbigh who was born in 1917 in Vladivostok and died in London in 2015. The work dates to circa 1930 and is art deco style and is very skilful in its execution. A beautiful portrait signed lower right.

Provenance Provenance. Family descent.
Medium Chalks on paper
Size 28 x 35 inches
Frame Framed 40 by 30 inches. Excellent gilt frame.
Condition Excellent condition
Biography Hélène Polovtsoff (1888-1975) was born in Russia. Her parents were Vladimir Nikolayevich Okhotnikov (1847-1917), member of the State Council, and Princess Alexandra Nikolaevna Trubetskoi (1872-1954). Her first husband was Alexei Alekseevich Ignatiev (1877-1954), a lieutenant-general of the Soviet Army and author of the memoir "Fifty Years in Service"; her second was the public figure and writer, Lieutenant-General Peter Aleksandrovich Polovtsov (1874-1964). After the revolution, she left Russia and settled with her second husband in Monte Carlo in 1922 where she painted portraits of the local nobility. Her talents were recognised in France and she participated in the Autumn Salon in Paris (1927, 1958, 1959) and the Salon of Independent Artists (1958, 1959). She held solo exhibitions in the Paris galleries of Hector Brame (1930) and Bénézit (1947) and was also a member of the Ladies' Society in Memory of the Empress Maria Feodorovna. Polovtsoff was a parishioner and philanthropist of the cathedral of the Mother of God 'Joy to All Who Sorrow' in Menton. She is buried in Monte Carlo.
Price £1975
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