Gene Shapiro: from Rodchenko to Melamid.

Sitnikov V. USSR 1975. Moscow. Oil on canvas. Estimate: $500 000−700 000. Gene Shapiro. Auction LLS. New York, November, 5

Auction House Gene Shapiro will hold the auction of Russian and European art of XVII – XX centuries on November, 5. 225 works of painting, graphics, sculpture will be exhibited on sales with total estimate $4 000 000−6 000 000. Thereby the majority of all lots (196) represents Russian art and in most cases dated the first half of XX century.

The painting “USSR 1975” by one of the most distinguished painters of unofficial post-war art Sitnikov Vasilij got the highest estimate $500 000−700 000. An expressive, bright work was created not shortly before the author’s emigration to Russia and Austria in 1975. The style of the work resembles very much the style of a painting “Moscow 1973” sold by MacDougall auction for £321 100 in Jule. For the moment this sum is the author’s record on the open sales. Soon after its creation “USSR 1975” was acquired by Canadian diplomat who lived in Moscow at that time and brought abroad. The painting has been in the private collection for more than 30 years and has never put up for sales before. 4 other paintings by Sitnikov are also represented in Gene Shapiro catalogue. Two of them “Blue Cupolas” and “Naked woman on her knees” dated 1985 and are put up for the auctions with the estimate of $30 000−40 000.

Works of Russian Avangard, including works of Larionov M. and Goncharova N., Klun I., Rodchenko A. got expected high estimates. The latest one will be exhibited with a painting “A composition – Superimposed triangles”. The painting dated 1918 will be put up on sales with the estimate $250 000−300 000. A geometrical abstraction “A composition with a brown polygon” by Klun I. got a little cheaper estimate. Two canvases are from the collection of the anonymous European collector. It is well-known fact that before they were part of K. Stramentov’s collection. Stramentov K. was a son-in-law of outstanding collector of Russian Avantgard – Kostaki G.

A portrait “The girl on the sofa” by a famous the world of art painter – Leo Bakst (1866−1924) is on the forth line of top-lots rating. The estimate of the painting is $125 000−175 000. Authenticity of the painting is confirmed by the experts of the State Tretyakov Gallery.

The works of unofficial art of 1960 – 1980 of restructuring and post-restructuring period will be also represented here. One should pay special attention to the works of Soviet art that is always popular among Russian and European collectors. “Discus Thrower” by a famous art-duet Komar & Melamid got the highest estimate in this category. The outrageous variation of the authors will be put up on sales with the estimate $120 000−150 000.

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