Russian-Swedish Off-season 2

Savelii Abramovich Sorin. A Lady with a Falcon. 1930. Pencil and watercolour on paper laid down on canvas. 90 x 78 cm. Estimate €50,000–55,000

Stockholms Auktionsverk, one of the oldest auction houses in the world, will held important Russian Auction on October 4–5.

Stockholms Auktionsverk lately has become one of the major international centers dealing in Russian art. The recent Russian sales, which took place on March 15, demonstrated the fact dramatically. The sale, featuring four hundred lots totaled stunning €9,000,000.

Among the lots that did extremely well at the march sale was a picture «A Forest Hut» by Alexei Savrasov. Estimated at 330,000 the canvas made staggering 1,100,000. That sale was supported by Ivan Samarin, the head of Russian Art Consultation Center in London, one of the organizers of Sotheby’s Russian sales.
The October Russian Auction will feature about 530 lots. According to experts, the auctioned lots are estimated at total 5,500,000. The probable top-lot of the auction is «Portrait of Vasiliy Polenov» by Isaac Levitan. It has turned out that the unique artwork, noted by I. Grabar and A. Fedorov-Davydov, had been kept in a private collection for recent 40–50 years. The pre-sale estimate of the picture is 310,000–400,000.

Other highlights include a picture «Anchored Ships near Yalta» by celebrated Russian artist Ivan Aivazovsky (estimate 200,000–240,000), a pencil and watercolour on paper «Girl with a Falcon» by Saveliy Sorin (1930, 50,000–55,000). Organizers of the sale also anchor their hopes upon a painting «Capri» (1926) by Konstantin Gorbatov. The lot is estimated at 150,000–200,000. Gorbatov (1876–1945) was a Russian post-impressionist painter. Born in Stavropol in the Samara province, Gorbatov moved to St. Petersburg in 1904 and studied at the Baron Stieglitz Central School for Technical Draftsmanship. He initially entered the architecture department before switching to painting. Gorbatov received a scholar. He returned to St. Petersburg and worked as a professor at the university. Gorbatov left Russia permanently in 1922 following the Russian Revolution of 1917 and settled on the Italian island of Capri. He moved to Berlin in 1926 and remained there until his death.

Ivan Konstantinovich Aivazovsky. Ships at anchor off the beach at Yalta. Signed and dated 1858. oil on canvas. 51 x 38 cm. Estimate €200,000–240,000

A picture «In the Throes of Authorship» by L.O. Pasternak, a bright representative of Russian Art Nouveau, original drawer and painter is estimated at 90,000–100,000. Leonid Pasternak was born in Odessa to the family of a Jewish innkeeper on April 4, 1862. He was the youngest of the six children in the family. He started to draw very early, but his family tried to discourage him, as they feared that his drawing would interfere with his studies. His first sponsor was the local street cleaner who began buying Pasternak’s art when Leonid was seven years old.
The start of his career was very successful. His first exhibited painting was bought by Pavel Tretyakov, the most important art sponsor in Russia of the time. He soon became a popular painter, a member of the so called Polenov circle.

He was a friend of Leo Tolstoy, for months lived in Yasnaya Polyana, and painted many portraits of the great writer, also illustrating his novels War and Peace and Resurrection. He was awarded a medal at the World Fair in Paris (1900) for his illustrations of Tolstoy’s novels.

Pasternak was elected a member of the Imperial Academy of Arts (1905), and also taught at the Moscow School of Painting, Sculpture and Architecture.
In 1921 Pasternak needed an eye surgery, that was performed in Berlin. He travelled there with his wife and two daughters, leaving sons (Boris and Alexander) in Russia.

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