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Vladimir Grigorievich Tretchikoff


Born December 13, 1913 - Petropavlovsk, Russia
Died August 26, 2006 (aged 92)
Cape Town, South Africa.



Vintage print 250mm x 190mm.
With period frame 370 x 290mm.

Signed in print and hand signed on mat.
Also titled on mat.

Provenance: South Africa, Original T. S Taylor, 220 Church Street, Maritzburg, South Africa verso.

Condition: Print is excellent, mat needs a clean. deserves a better frame.

This work is rare as it is both vintage and signed. We are also selling signed "Zulu Couple" Separately listed, but are in matching frames and would make a nice pair.

Tretchikoff became famous in South Africa thanks to a book that collected his portraits of Asian women and pictures of flowers and successful exhibitions in Cape Town and Johannesburg. His fame spread to the United States, where the Rosicrucians of San Jose invited him to launch an American tour. Around 57,000 people saw his show in Los Angeles and 52,000 in San Francisco. In Seattle, a rival show which included Picasso and Rothko was far less attended. Then he took his show to Canada, where he had an even bigger success. This was followed by an exhibition in 1962 at Harrods in London. One of his British admirers, Leslie Rigall, bought a dozen of his paintings and designed his new house in Windsor Great Park around them.

His famous Chinese Girl, a 1950 painting featuring Eastern model, Monika Pon-su-san, with blue-green skin, is one of the best selling prints of the twentieth century. Alfred Hitchcock's Frenzy, the original set of Alfie, with a drawn moustache in one episode of Monty Python's Flying Circus and an episode of Doctor Who. Other popular paintings of oriental figures were Miss Wong, Lady from Orient and Balinese Girl. He said of British prima ballerina assoluta, Alicia Markova, who sat for The Dying Swan, that she was his most stimulating sitter.
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