Sonia Lewitska (Ukranian/Polish, 1882-1937) oil on canvas still life depicting a table with glass compote and plate of fruit. Signed lower left “S. Lewitska”. Housed in a gilt wood frame. Sight – 21 3/8″ H x 17 3/4″ W. Framed – 30″ H x 26 1/4″ W. Early 20th century. Biography: Lewitska sister of the political writer Modest Lewitsky (1866-1932), studied at the school of S. Svitoslavsky in Kyiv before moving to Paris by 1905. Although well known as the paramour of French cubist artist Jean Marchand, she also gained recognition for her still lifes, landscapes, and fairy-tale scenes painted in the tradition of Ukrainian folk art. She also created woodcuts and illustrated the books Evenings on a Farm near Dikanka by N. Gogol, The Chronicle of Joinville, The Serpent by P. Valery, and The Little Garden by Gaufroy Le Louche. Her works are at the Musée National dArt Moderne (Centre Pompidou) in Paris and at the Albertina in Vienna. Condition: Overall very good condition with some cracklure to canvas. Black light inspection reveals no evident imperfections.
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