The River Volga: Two Russian watercolor studies by Nikolai Gritsenko, 1890s
One inscribed lower left, the other signed lower left N G
Images: 4 1/2 x 3 in. (10.7 x 7.6 cm); frame: 9 1/2 x 8 in. ( 24.1 x 20.3 cm)
A former naval officer and marine artist, Nikolai Gritsenko (1856-1900) formed part of the tsarevich Nicholas’ entourage during his Grand Tour to the Far East from 1890-91. He produced some 300 works on paper during this voyage, which began with a trip with the heir to the throne from Egypt to Japan.
Provenance: Rufina Davidovna Gunsadze-Nikolaevna of Moscow thence by descent. These watercolors were given to her by a friend who was the grandaughter of Pavel Tetriakov, and whose mother had been married to the artist Gritsenko. A famous Russian collector, Pavel Tretiakov founded the Tretiakov Gallery, Moscow’s leading art museum.