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Boris Smirnoff b. 1895
I have added this page to my website in memory of Boris Smirnoff. I was delighted to find a mention of him at ebay. I remember him visiting my granmother at her home in Cagnes Sur Mer during the 1960s and perhaps the early 1970s. I was a boy at the time.

He was a delightful old gentleman, Russian of course, who spoke many languages. He travelled the word widely, and earned his keep through portrait painting - almost exclusively of children. He was not terribly successful during his lifetime. I died of cancer in Cagnes (year unknown).

I will add to this page if I discover more.

Believed to have been exhibited at:- Galerie Bellamy, rue de Grenalle, Paris. From 2nd to 22nd June 1925. ‘Exposition Boris Smirnoff.’
Exhibit numbers 29-48 and 63-71.
Purchased unframed from the exhibition at 25% discount 500 Francs.
Notation from booklet of exhibition. Bibl: Princess Lucien Murat.

Biographical notes:

Boris Smirnoff originated in Kouban in the Cauccasus USSR though he is listed as French.
‘Benezet’ the French Dictionary of painters, sculptors and engravers, tells us that he was trained in the studio of Lucien Simon and attended the l’Ecole de Beaux-arts in Paris.
He exhibited in Paris, London, Lisbon, New York, Stockholm, Bern, Geneva, Cairo, Palermo, Rome, Nice and Cannes and lived for most of his life in Cagnes-sur-Mer in the Alpes Maritimes.
His works are held in museums throughout the world.
These fine examples of his unusual stylised work are un faded with no tears or foxing and are in excellent condition.

‘CAGNES’ Figures in a street,’ and ‘ALGER' (Algeria) figures gathering outside a mosque.
A Pair ~Watercolours. Exhibited Paris 1925.

Watercolours executed on a Bockingford style paper with traces of pencil, the larger image measuring 12.5 x 9 inches ( 305x 242mm.)
Signed Bottom left ‘B.Smirnoff’

The second picture is 11 x 9 inches (286 x 230 mm.) Signed bottom right. Also signed and inscribed Verso ‘B. Smirnoff,’ 1 rue des Gobelins Paris X111

The two paintings reached $290 in an ebay auction on 15 December 2001. The reserve was not met. Unfortunately, I couldn't afford to buy at this price.

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