Four girls by a tree signed with Latin initials (lower right) oil on board 27 x 22cm (10 5/8 x 8 11/16in).
PROVENANCE: Purchased directly from the artist in the early 1950s by the wife of Noel Barber, novelist and leading foreign correspondent for the newspaper The Daily Mail Purchased from the above by the present owner
LITERATURE: Parton, A., Goncharova: The Art and Design of Natalia Goncharova, The Antique Collectors' Club, UK, 2010, colour plate 596b, p.453
During their time in Paris, the Barbers lived in the same apartment block as Goncharova and acquired a number of her works, including the present lot. On his return to England, Barber embarked on a successful career as a novelist and Goncharova appears as a background character in such novels as The Weeping and the Laughter (Hodder & Stoughton, 1988). Barber also published a factual account of his meetings with artists in Paris in a book entitled Conversations with Painters (Collins, 1964).
We are grateful to Dr. Anthony Parton for his assistance in preparing this catalogue entry.