Soviet Paintings in the Leonid Shishkin Gallery

A Moscow-based art gallery of Leonid Shishkin held sales dedicated to Soviet paintings and drawings on February 18. The auctioned collection comprised 97 lots with healthy 78 sold. The main subject of presented artworks was a beauty of Russian nature.

D. Khamin Spring. 1993. Oil on canvas. 30,0 x 40,0 cm. Estimate $800–900. Sold for $800. K. Vyalov. Evening. Boats. 1940s. Oil on canvas. 35,0 x 49,0 cm. Estimate $6,000–8,000. Sold for $8,000.

The majority of lots were hammered within pre-sale estimates. Among works, which brought the lower estimated price, were three paintings by V. Tchulovich (1922–1994) «Wildlands. The First Tent», «The First Rig» and «Harvest». Dating 1965, those three works were expected to fetch from $4,000 to $5,000. Three romantic landscapes «March» (1980s, $1,500–2,000), «Impassability» (1988, $800–900) and «Spring» (1993, $800–900) by D. Khamin (1936–1996) realized the lower estimates as well. Art experts consider the artist little known to wide public to be «a true Russian impressionist». Dmitry Khamin’s lightful paintings are greatly valued by European connoisseurs of art; one may see his works in several important private collections.

For the first time the auction featured works by Nina Petrovicheva, a daughter of a renowned Russian artist. Her historical view of the Red Square is characterized by warm and poetic mood. Alas, the hammer prices for both paintings by Petrovicheva («VDNKh» and «The Red Square») did not exceed its pre-sale estimates $1,500–1,800. Three paintings by E. Oks (1889–1968) «Lilac» (early 1960s, oil on canvas, $2,000–3,000), «At a Building Site» (1950s, oil on carton, $800–1,000) and «Evening. Village of Ismalkovo» (1946–1947, oil on carton, $1,000–1,500) were sold within estimates too. There are certificatory inscriptions by the artist’s daughter on the reverse sides of the paintings.

P. Sokolov-Skalya. At a Bend of the Oka River. Polenov’s Grave. Oil on canvas. 59,0 x 79,0 cm. Estimate $6,000–7,000. Sold for $7,700. V. Tchulovich. Harvest. 1965. Oil on carton. 49,0 x 65,5 cm. Estimate $4,000–5,000. Sold for $4,000.

Other highlights of the sale included an exceptional marine «Evening. Boats» (1940s, signed and dated, 35,0 x 49,0 cm, estimate $6,000–8,000, sold for $8,000) by K. Vyalov (1900–1976); three works by E. Rodova (1903–1988): «Autumn. Village Bolshaya Maslovka», «Portrait of an Artist A. Kuznetsova» and «Evening». Those paintings were estimated at $2,000–2,500, $3,000-4,000 and $2,000–3,000 respectively. Two drawings «Sunbathing at a Beach» (1928) and «Serious Talk» (1929) by P. Pashkov (1872–1952) were sold within the estimate $600–800.

However, the top-lots of the February sale was a painting «Spring 1944. Maslovka» (1944) by N. Romadin (1903–1987), a touching view depicting the Oka river near Polenov’s grave (titled «At a Bend of the Oka River. Polenov’s Grave», 1950s) by P. Sokolov-Skalya (1899–1961), and a canvas «Evening» by K. Dorokhov (1906–1960). Estimated at $4,000–6,000 the painting «Spring» fetched impressive $8,000. The landscape by Sokolov-Skalya made $7,700 (estimate $6,000–7,000), while the «Evening» was purchased for $4,800 (estimate $2,000–3,000).

According to specialists of the Shishkin’s Gallery and the news agency «Russian Antique», 73 potential buyers visited the auction site, while ten persons bided in absentia. In total, thirty-four collectors and dealers purchased works of art at the sales.

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