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Constantine Cherkas
Summer Houses at Laguna Beach

1956

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Artist: Cherkas, Constantine (American, born 1919) Title: Summer Houses at Laguna Beach Date: 1956 Medium: oil on canvas Dimensions: 20 x 28 inches Description: A great view of the California Beach Signature: signed and dated Constantine Cherkas 56 lower left not framed (Frame Size: 30 x 38 inches just for size info, this is being sold unframed) Born Constantine Cherkashininoff in Moscow on Aug. 5, 1919, he was the only child of artist Michael Cherkas and the former Antonina Diatloff. At 14, he apprenticed with famed Russian colorist Ilya Mashkov and at 17, became one of the youngest students to attend the Moscow Academy of Arts. His professors nicknamed him the “Russian Gaugin.” In 1941, Mr. Cherkas married art conservator Kira Krukoff. On their honeymoon in Kiev, they were captured by the Nazis and sent to a German labor camp. Following their release, Mr. Cherkas enrolled at the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna in 1943. After World War II, Allied forces relocated the Cherkases to a refugee camp in Munich where Mr. Cherkas continued his studies at the Munich Academy of Fine Arts. In 1949, the couple emigrated to the United States, living in Pennsylvania before settling in Santa Monica in 1952 and building a five-decade career restoring art. Mr. Cherkas’ own artistry was known for depicting time and space, said art collector Brad Bateman of Salem, Ore. On a single canvas, he used color to illustrate daytime in one area and night in another. “The more you live with his work, the more you love it,” said Bateman, who owns several of Mr. Cherkas’ oils. “I never tire of a Constantine painting. “The intensity is there, but so is a softness. You could see that he put his soul into each painting.” He was one of the last great colorists in terms of modernism, said Dan Peragine, friend and art teacher at The Winston School in Del Mar. One of his larger impressionist pieces, depicting the 9/11 tragedy, is on display at the Port Authority of New York & New Jersey. “His color use and combination of color to create an overall emotional effect was almost sculptural,” he said. “I called him a sculptor’s painter.” In addition to his art, Mr. Cherkas and his wife, Kira, made their living and reputation restoring master works for collectors including Dorothy Chandler, Mary Pickford, J. Paul Getty and the estate of Randolph Hearst, Jr. They revitalized pieces by Rembrandt, El Greco, Remington, Monet, Renoir and Picasso, among others, for museums including the National Gallery of Art, Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Chicago Museum of Art, and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. “The Cherkases had Old World Russian techniques for restoration, including using rabbit skin glue for relining paintings,” said Peragine. “Every living fiber of them echoed the Old World. With his passing, I feel like that world is lost.”

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  • Artist
    Constantine Cherkas (1919 - 2011, Russian-American)
  • Creation Year
    1956
  • Medium
  • Movement & Style
  • Condition
    Good
  • Condition Details
    this is being sold unframed.
  • Dimensions
    H 20 in. x W 28 in.H 50.8 cm x W 71.12 cm
  • Gallery Location
    Bal Harbour, FL
  • Reference Number
    LU3822054753
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