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Boris Smirnoff (1903 - 2007) - Mid 20th Century Watercolour, Floating Head



A fine mid Century portrait of a beautiful woman with her hair done up in a classic 1950s style. The artist has used a mix of watercolours and coloured pencils. The artist has signed to the lower right corner and the drawing has been presented in a simple gilt frame. On wove.


In fine condition.


49.5 x 42cm (19.5" x 16.5")
Framed Size: 52.5 x 45cm (20.7" x 17.7")

Artist Biography

Boris Smirnoff (1903 - 2007) was a Franco-Russian cubist, avant-gardist and analytical art painter.
Boris Smirnoff was born in Russia. He had two brothers - Alexander and Vladimir. He was the youngest son.
His family escaped to France in 1917 after the October Revolution in Russia. Boris behind them, and stayed in Petrograd.
In 1927 Boris Smirnoff has appeared in France. He worked as a painter in France.
All his oils and pastels were burned by the German invaders as "degenerate art" during the Second World War.
Because of this Boris Smirnoff began to draw exclusively watercolour on paper after the war. He said: "I can always put these watercolours into a suitcase and to carry away with myself!"
Many years later, Boris returned to Russia and saw that it was a different country. This was not the Russia, from which he left. And, even though the country largely did not like him, he remained there until his death.
Boris Smirnoff died in Russia in 2007 at the age of 104.

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Code rk646
Artist Boris Smirnoff (1903 - 2007)
Date Mid 20th Century
Dimensions 49.5 x 42cm
Medium Watercolour
Style Realism
Subject Portrait
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