The artist is Somov

Since February 1924, Somov performed a pencil of the portrait of Rachmaninov, which he remained unhappy (“he came out with a sad demon”), but the composer’s family believed that the artist portrayed his soul. In May 1925, Staynway ordered Somov a large portrait of the composer for the Carnegikholl Hall in New York. The sketch for this work was the canvas of the Russian Museum, written in two weeks, in the Corbeville castle in Orsa, where the Rachmaninovs lived. The author’s demanding remained dissatisfied with this cloth and only a year later he finished it, entering the landscape background. (IN. TO.).

Rakhmaninov Sergey Vasilievich (1873–1943) – composer, pianist, conductor. 1904–1906 – Conductor of the Bolshoi Theater. Since 1917 he lived abroad (since 1918 – in the USA).

Russian portrait. XX century: St. Petersburg, 2001. WITH. 145.

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