Tretchikoff, by Howard Timmins, foreward by Stuart Cloete. Printed in the Republic of South Africa by Cape and Transvaal Printers 1969, Original dust jacket. Outer dimensions 19.25 inches x 14.75 inches. First Edition.
For your consideration, "Tretchikoff", by Howard Timmins, foreward by Stuart Cloete. Measuring a massive 19.25 inches x 14.75 inches. The book is in excellent condition (near mint) with no foxing or marks to its pages or cloth covers. The dust jacket exhibits tears to its spine (see photos), otherwise in excellent condition. Vladimir Tretchikoff (born 1913 in Petropavlovsk, Russia, now in Kazakhstan; died 2006 in Cape Town, South Africa) was one of the most commercially successful artists of his time - his painting Chinese Girl (popularly known as The Green Lady) is one of the best selling art prints. Tretchikoff was a self-taught artist who painted realistic figures, portraits, still life and animals, with subjects often inspired by his early life in China and Malaysia, and later life in South Africa Tretchikoff was the youngest of eight children in a wealthy family in Petropavlovsk, an industrial city in Siberia. Upon the Russian Revolution in 1917, the family abandoned their property and fled to Harbin, a city in China with a large Russian presence. Tretchikoff worked as a scene painter at the city's Russian opera house, and studied at the Manchurian College until the age of 16. This explains why much of his later work is designed to be seen from a distance with an inherent theatricality. Tretchikoff's work was popular with the general public, but is often seen by art critics as the epitome of kitsch (indeed, he was nicknamed the "King of Kitsch"). He worked in oil, watercolor, ink, charcoal and pencil but is best known for his reproduction prints which are sold worldwide.