Canvases from the 19th and early 20th century went off at exorbitant prices in the Sotheby’s Russian auction today.

Three paintings out of Fedor Chalyapin’s collection – Boris Kustodiev’s “A Beauty”, Natalia Goncharova’s “Bathing Boy” and Mikhail Nesterov’s “A Vision to Child Bartholomew” were sold at a total exceeding 1.5 million pounds, spectacularly above the starting prices. Same about 50,000 pounds for Constantine Korovin’s “A Lady in an Apple Orchard”.

Known as “father of Russian Impressionism”, Korovin was a close friend of Fedor Chalyapin (1873-1938), and left many portraits of the renowned Russian bass singer and his daughters.

Today’s auction was record-breaking for the number of offers, and gathered an unprecedented crowd of experts and art dealers – for the most part, from Russia to purchase Russian art for wealthy Russian clients.

Published in: on May 22, 2003 at 2:03 am  Leave a Comment  
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