A Quiet Street (c.1920)
SONIA LEWITSKA (1882-1937)
Oil on paper laid to board; signed lower left
In period polychromed & fluted French frame
Sonia Lewitska was a Ukrainian painter, graphic artist, and illustrator that lived and worked in Paris throughout most of her artistic career. Enrolling at the École des Beaux-Arts in 1905 (where she met her husband, the cubist artist Jean Marchand), Lewitska’s work was strongly influenced by Cubism and Fauvism, but her style of painting is largely Post-Impressionist. Some of her most famous works carry a strong influence of Ukrainian folklore and traditional art. In Paris, she exhibited at the Salon d’Automne, the Salon des Indépendants, and the Salon des Tuileries and became a leading female figure in the Parisien art scene. In 1913, she held her first personal show at Galerie Berthe Weill. Solo shows of hers continued there and at Galerie Arthur Sambon until 1930. In the years that followed Lewitska’s mental state began deteriorating. In 1936 she took part for the last time at the Salon d’Automne. She died on 20 September 1937. Today her works are held in the collections of the Albertina Museum in Vienna and the Museé National d’Art Moderne in Paris.
Sonia Lewitska’s work has been offered at auction multiple times, the record price being 23,739 USD for Still Life with a Hat and Hydrangeas sold at MacDougall’s in 2021.