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Lot 7

*MARIE VOROBIEFF 'MAREVNA' (1892-1984) 'Mrs Gladys Chinchen'

half length portrait of a lady seated in an interior, a vase of flowers beside her, signed, dated 1955 and inscribed "Athelhampton Hall" lower left, further inscribed "For Gladis Tchinchin, Lov" (sic) upper right, watercolour, gouache and pencil on paper, 73cm x 55cm

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Estimate: £400 - £800
Hammer price: £1,500
Bidding ended. Lot has been sold.

Marie Vorobieff-Stebelska (1892- May 4, 1984) was the artist of Russian-Polish origins. The name Marevna was given to her after a Russian fairy sea princess by the writer Maxim Gorky, whom she met in Capri in Italy. Subsequently, this became her signature artistic name. An audacious yet charming and high spirited character, Marevna travelled Europe extensively and was one of the first women artists, achieving remarkable blends of pointillism and structure in her work. Marevna was initially a portraitist but embraced Cubism, partially due to the influences of her relationship with the world famous Mexican painter/muralist Diego Rivera with whom she also had a daughter, Marika.

Marevna spent her mature years residing with Marika in England and lived at Athelhampton House from 1948 to 1956. 

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numerous pinholes to the corners, the lower left corner with a small section of paper torn away, paper not laying flat, otherwise appears to be in relatively good order, colours remain strong

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