The present work depicts a masquerade ball and clearly shows the influence of the demi-monde in Parisian life. Korovin would have been familiar with the works of Toulouse-Lautrec as well as with the infamous Parisian bars and entertainment venues.
Oil on cardboard
47 × 38 cm; 18½ × 15 in.
Korovin entered the Moscow School of Painting in 1875. He subsequently studied at the Imperial Academy of Arts in St Petersburg. In 1885 he travelled to Paris where he was profoundly influenced by the Impressionists "Paris was a shock to me … in them [the Impr essionists] I found everything I was scolded for back home in Moscow". In 1888 he travelled to Italy and Spain. At the beginning of the 20th century, Korovin turned his attention to the world of theatr e. He designed sets for Stanislavsky' s productions as well as for the Mariinsky' s operas and ballets. Shortly before WWI Kor ovin became a Pr ofessor at the Moscow School of Painting, Sculptur e and Ar chitecture. In 1923 he moved to Paris where he died just before the outbreak of WWII.