Russian week in London made a good start

н. Larionov. Lying nude. 1906–1907. Oil on canvas. Lot sold for £1 385 250. Sotheby’s. Russian Art. London, November 26

Sotheby’s published the results of the Evening Sales Russian Art held in London on November, 24. The sales of 32 works totaled £14 155 600. The number of sold lots exceeded 60 % from their total number.

Michael Fedorovich Larionov’s picture Lying Nude was the most expensive sold at the auction. The picture was sold for £1 385 250 (estimate £1 200 000–1 500 000). The picture was made in 1906−1907 in Paris where the artist arrived on Sergey Dyagilev’s invitation. Under the influence of postimpressionism art Larionov started to elaborate a new art system. Lying Nude is its embodiment.

The picture The Market in Moscow by Vladimir Egorovich Makovsky (1846−1920) was sold by auction for £1 329 250. The picture was made in 1880 and for a long time belonged to a family of the artist. It is known that in 1902 it was exhibited at an exhibition of Imperial Academy of Arts in St.-Petersburg. Makovsky died in 1920. The major part of his heritage was sold after his death.

The Market in Moscow exported to Copenhagen was bought by the great-grandfather of the last owner of the picture.

Nikolay Konstantinovich Roerich’s gouache (1874−1947) – Order (apprx. 1917) was among interesting lots. It was sold for £1 105 250 having exceeded the estimate in four times (£250 000–350 000). The picture was made in two variants. After the first variant was sold Roerich created at once its replica which was displayed at an exhibition held in many cities of the USA in 1920−1923. It was the second author’s version sold at Sotheby’s sales.

Vasily Dmitrievich Polenov’s Egyptian Girl estimated at £250 000–350 000 was sold by auction for £1 049 250. Petr Petrovich Konchalovsky’s still-life (1876−1956) Flowers on a Pink Background was the next lot which exceeded a million mark. The work was sold for £1 026 850.

The sales represented works by I.K. Ayvazovsky, B.M. Kustodiev, б.ч. Lentulov, D.D. Burlyuk and other outstanding Russian artists. Among the works which were not sold was a potential top lot of the auction – I.K. Ayvazovsky’s picture The View of Constantinople and Bosporus estimated at £2 500 000-3 000 000.

Russian week in London will last till November, 27. Russian art will be presented not only by Sotheby’s but also by such houses as Christie’s and MacDougall’s.

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