|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
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 lEcole 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
These fine examples of his unusual stylised work
are un faded with no tears or foxing and are in
|CAGNES Figures in a
street, and ALGER' (Algeria) figures
gathering outside a mosque.
A Pair ~Watercolours. Exhibited Paris 1925.
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 ¼ 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.