Large charcoal and white gouache on heavy paper drawing, 50" by 32 1/2", (54 1/2" by 37" framed), signed at lower left, and bearing on reverse writing and original label from exhibition at the prestigious Salon des Independants, Paris, 1969. The work is by Russian-born, French artist GENIA HADJI-MINACHE (1907-1972). The auction record does not seem to show a comparable work by the artist, who was known for her book illustrations. She was born in St. Petersburg and after the Russian Revolution evacuated with the White Army to Constantinople (today's Istanbul). The family then moved on to Prague, and then, Paris. There, in the 1930's, she studied at the Ecole Nationale des Arts Decoratifs, with Auxente and Riabouchinsky. She participated in group exhibitions at the prestigious Galerie Bernheim by 1934 and the Galerie Zak (an exhibition of works by Russian artists) in 1936. Her first solo exhibition was held in 1949. Many of her later works dealt with a poetic, sensual Orientalism. After her death, a dispersal sale of the artist's works was held at the Drouot auction house in Paris. This work was stored in less than ideal conditions at one time, it appears. Foxing is present as shown, at left and bottom especially, and there is a scrape in the paper and some other flaws. More photos of the condition flaws upon request as there is too much to show in only nine images allowed. In context with the overall impression of the exotic, and erotic, scene, they seem to be perhaps overshadowed.
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