This is a wonderful original portrait painting by the well listed Russian/American artist Gleb Ilyin (1889-1968). The portrait depicts a Japanese violinist and this dates from the early 1900s, most likely around 1920 when Ilyin was in Toyko Japan painting. He settled in San Francisco California around 1923. The painting is signed on the back in pencil "Gleb Ilyin" and titled "The violinist" and there is his address in Russian Hill, San Francisco "1901 Green St" and the original price of $175. The painting is signed on the front in Cyrillic "G. Ilyin". It is painted on a wood panel, and the panel measures 9 1/2" x 12" and the modern frame is 12" x 14 3/8". Excellent original condition, no restorations. Gleb Ilyin portraits are highly sought after. You will be very pleased.
From Askart Biography:
Born in Kazan, Russia into an aristocratic family on June 4, 1889. Gleb's father, a judge in the Kazan courts, encouraged his art studies at an early age. As was the Russian custom, both he and his brother Peter were given their father's first name as their middle names. In 1911 he graduated from the Kazan Government Art School after four years of art training under Nicolai Fechin and studied for six more years at the Imperial Academy of Art at St Petersburg under Repin and Makowsky. As members of the aristocracy, the Ilyins were forced to leave Russia due to the Revolution. Having painted portraits of several Japanese officers during WWI, letters of introduction were given to Gleb, making their move to Toyko an easy one. He stayed in Tokyo until 1923 and then joined his brother in San Francisco. In 1930 Gleb was brought to national attention with his portrait of Mrs. Herbert Hoover. He was a resident of Colorado for a short time in the mid-1940s. His last years were spent at his home on the Russian River in northern California. He died in San Francisco on Oct. 14, 1968. Member: Bohemian Club; Carmel AA. Exh: Beaux Arts Club (SF), 1926; Bohemian Club, 1926; Oakland Art Gallery, 1928, 1937; Calif. State Fair, 1930; Mills College, 1933; Stendahl Gallery (LA), 1936; CPLH, 1945. In: Bohemian Club; Athletic Club (Oakland); Denver Museum; Oakland Museum.