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The Nightingale Sings

Mikhail Vasilievich Nesterov (Russian, Ufa 1862–1942 Moscow)
Oil on canvas
31 7/8 x 27 3/8 in. (81 x 69.5 cm)
Credit Line:
Gift of Humanities Fund Inc., 1972
Accession Number:
Not on view
Inscription: Signed and dated (lower right, in Cyrillic): M. NESTEROV. 1923.
Boris A. Bakhmeteff, New York (1924?–d. 1951; possibly purchased at the Russian Art Exhibition, New York); Humanities Fund Inc., New York (1951–72; gift to MMA)
New York. Grand Central Palace. "The Russian Art Exhibition," March 8–April 1924, no. 549.

During the 1920s, Nesterov painted several images of contemplative women wearing traditional costumes, set in wooded landscapes. Our painting is a replica of one dated 1918, which was sold at Sotheby's, London, on November 26, 2007, no. 21, as "By the Lake." Another, nearly identical, version is dated 1929 (National Art Museum of the Republic of Belarus, Minsk).
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