What is most stand-out about Gudiashvili's career is his Parisian period, in which he created works that portrayed Georgian folklore through the lens of French impressionism.

Artists Elene Akhvlediani and Lado Gudiashvili, Paris, 1925 Artists Elene Akhvlediani and Lado Gudiashvili, Paris, 1925

The young unknown artist Gudiashvili moved to Paris on New Year's Day in 1920. There, he rented a studio in Montparnasse, near Paris' famous Café La Rotonde. In 1921, he presented works at the Salon d'automne. After seeing his works at the Salon, legend has it, the painter and collector Ignacio Zuloaga visited Gudiashvili in his studio, and exclaimed: 'I buy everything!'

In Paris, he perused art with Picasso, Modigliani, Léger and Utrillo. These artists influenced Gudiashvili to change his palette and artistic vision. He broke from the tradition of dark tone used in Georgian painting to create lighter, brighter pieces which captured his native land.

Paris was absorbed into his work. Georgia dominated his oeuvre, as his work drew inspiration from the beauty of his Motherland.

GOUDIACHVILI Lado Davidovtch (1896-1980) The Poet and his Muse Oil on canvas Signed and dated "L. Gudiachvili 23 "lower right 65 x 52 cm. Painted in 1923Provenance: Balanchine Collection. Offered in the 60s by Balanchine during his stay in Tiflis. Then by descent to the current owner. GOUDIACHVILI Lado Davidovtch (1896-1980)
The Poet and his Muse Oil on canvas Signed and dated "L. Gudiachvili 23 "lower right 65 x 52 cm. Painted in 1923
Provenance: Balanchine Collection. Offered in the 60s by Balanchine during his stay in Tiflis. Then by descent to the current owner.

This painting in Leclere's catalogue, entitled The Poet and his Muse, belongs to the Parisian period of the artist. Although from a higher social class, financial strain would often force him to use old canvases, as he did for this painting. The canvas still bears the mark of a Parisian workshop of the late 19th century. The Poet and his Muse, is a composition where we find the elegant and sinuous line of Goudiachvili mixed with an astonishing modernity in the expressions of the characters. The piece conjures up the love between the poet and muse as well as an uncertain feeling of power and jealously between the two.

The following wonderful pieces will also be featured in Leclere's Russian Art sale on 20th November, 2018. Check out more here.

OUTKINE Pierre Savvitch (1877-1934) Architectural Park, fantasy Acrylic on canvas Signed in Cyrillic "P. Outkine" on the lower right Painted around 1907-1908 Utkin participates in the important architectural project of patron Zhukovsky Koukouch-Koy in Crimea from 1907-1908. Provenance: Christie's Sale, Important Russian Pictures, November 29, 2006, lot 170, p. 181, illustrated OUTKINE Pierre Savvitch (1877-1934)
Architectural Park, fantasy Acrylic on canvas Signed in Cyrillic "P. Outkine" on the lower right Painted around 1907-1908 Utkin participates in the important architectural project of patron Zhukovsky Koukouch-Koy in Crimea from 1907-1908.
Provenance: Christie's Sale, Important Russian Pictures, November 29, 2006, lot 170, p. 181, illustrated

SAPOUNOV Nicolas Nikolaiévitch (1880-1920) Bouquet of roses Oil on canvas Signed Cyrillic "N. Sapunov" lower right 60.5 x 45.5 cm. Painted around 1899Bibliography: The work is reproduced in the catalog raisonné of the author: Ida Hoffmann, Nicolas Sapunov, Moscow, 2003, p. 242 under the title Violet roses. Exhibition: The work was certainly exhibited under No. 45 at the Levitan Student Exhibition at the Institute of Fine Arts in Moscow in 1899. A certificate from the Tretyakov Gallery by Ida Hoffmann SAPOUNOV Nicolas Nikolaiévitch (1880-1920)
Bouquet of roses Oil on canvas Signed Cyrillic "N. Sapunov" lower right 60.5 x 45.5 cm. Painted around 1899
Bibliography: The work is reproduced in the catalog raisonné of the author: Ida Hoffmann, Nicolas Sapunov, Moscow, 2003, p. 242 under the title Violet roses.
Exhibition: The work was certainly exhibited under No. 45 at the Levitan Student Exhibition at the Institute of Fine Arts in Moscow in 1899. A certificate from the Tretyakov Gallery by Ida Hoffmann

GRIGORIEV Boris Dmitrievitch (1886-1939) Carousel Watercolor on paper Signed Cyrillic "Boris Grigor" lower right 26 x 33 cm. Door to the back in pencil No. 25 GRIGORIEV Boris Dmitrievitch (1886-1939)
Carousel Watercolor on paper Signed Cyrillic "Boris Grigor" lower right 26 x 33 cm. Door to the back in pencil No. 25

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