Bonhams sold «Sailing Vessel» by Goncharova

N. Goncharova. Sailing Vessel. Oil on canvas. 92,0 x 65.5. Lot sold for £1 700 000. Bonhams. Russian Sale. London, on June 9

On June 9, Bonhams auction house held Russian Sale. The auction represented pictures by famous Russian artists, such as Michael Tkachenko, Michael Makovsky, Natalia Goncharova, Alexey Kharlamov.

Natalia Goncharova’s canvas «Sailing Vessel» was created by the artist in Switzerland soon after her departure from Russia. In 1950s she presented it to John Rotenstein, the director of London Tate gallery. This canvas became the top lot of the auction sales. It was sold for £1 700 000.

«The Girl Blowing Soap Bubbles» by Alexey Kharlamov was realized for £568 000. The picture made by Kharlamov in the early XX century is typical to the artist’s works. The composition is made in triangle: bubble – hand–girl’s eyes. The artist chose this composition to make an accent on a girl and her actions. Bubble is a metaphor of passing youth which was typical for painters of the late XX century.

«Rialto Bridge. Venice» by Peter Konchalovsky was sold for £468 000. The picture is from a series of canvases depicting Italian sights. The series consists of 6 works created by the artist during his travel to Italy. During this period Konchalovsky was under the influence of works by Italian masters. That is why the picture is characterized not only with Cezanne style but also with Tintoretto one.

The picture «Preparation for Venice» by Aleksandra Ekster was bought for
£412 000. This work was made for the International exhibition held in Venice in 1925. The artist used a great scheme of every possible colours in her work.

The picture «Young Boyar» by the Russian painter Konstantin Makovsky was also among highlights. The canvas reflects the artist’s favourite method in depiction of details. The lot was sold by auction for £114 000. «Horse in Birches» by Nikolay Bogdanov-Belsky was also among six the most expensive lots. The canvas was realized for £108 000.

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