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.


Published in: on January 13, 2009 at 12:08 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Stockholm Auktionsverk was Lucky Thanks to the Icons

Ivan Aivazovsky. A Corner of Constantinople from the Sea by Moonlight. 1878. Canvas, oil. Lot was sold at a price of SEK 3 300 000. Stockholm Auktionsverk. The Russian Auction. Stockholm, October 2

Stockholm Auktionsverk auction house held a big Russian bidding that took place on the 2nd and 3rd of October in the capital of Sweden. The unique collection of paintings, graphics and icons as well as miniature plastic arts, jewellery and other works of decorative art was presented to the collectors, most of them Russians. Stockholm Auktionsverk put up for sale 459 lots in total.

More than half of the lots were presented on October 2 during the first auction session which became an absolute failure. According to the results less than 50% of lots were sold and most of the top lots were not passed out while some of them were sold at a price much lower than the estimate.


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.


Published in: on September 12, 2008 at 9:10 am  Leave a Comment  
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Russian museum will represent exhibitions «Time to gather …» in Moscow

K. Korovin. Portrait of Actress T.S. Lyubatovich. Oil on canvas. 160,0 И 84,0. The State Russian Museum

The State Russian museum will represent exhibitions «Time to gather …» and «XX century in the Russian museum» in Moscow. The exhibition project which unites unique exhibitions – «Time to gather …» and «XX century in the Russian museum» will be launched on June 11, in the Grand Palace of the State Memorial Estate «Tsaritsino». The scale exposition organized under the auspices of AFK «Sistema» is dated for the celebration of the 110 anniversary of the Russian Museum which is the first state museum of Russian fine arts in Russia.


Published in: on July 3, 2008 at 3:07 am  Leave a Comment  
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Cristie’s could not sell Russian painters

I. Shishkin. Mast Pine Forest in Viatka Province. 1889. Oil on canvas. 78,7 И 107,3. Lot sold for £1 386 250. Russian Art. Cristie’s. London, June 11

Results of the Russian art sales at Cristie’s held in London on June 11, did not coincide with expectation of organizers. The auction fetched £11 300 000. It was supposed that the auction sales will total from £13 100 000 to £9 200 000. Only 3 top lots from 10 were sold by auction. The others 7 were not sold.

Thus, the results of the auction sales «shook» ordinary auction prices. According to collectors the prices for many objects of Russian art were overestimated. Estimates for pictures by Russian painters are in a line with famous artists-impressionists. That is why collectors prefer to buy works by the last one. Ivan Shishkin’s picture Mast Pine Forest in Viatka Province became the top lot of the auction sales in London. The work fetched £1 386 250. Works by Peter Konchalovsky were the second and the third top lots. A picture Portrait of Todzuro Kavarasaki, a Japanese Actor was sold by auction for £1 049 250. The second picture France. Parc Montsouris. Chestnut Tree was sold for lower price of £577 250. Peter Konchalovsky is one of the first Russian avant-gardists. In the period of the USSR he was awarded the National award of the USSR as the most popular artist of the country. It is an interesting fact that Konchalovsky’s talent was recognized either by the authorities or «underground» artists, both in the USSR, and abroad.


Published in: on July 1, 2008 at 1:40 am  Leave a Comment  
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MacDougall's Sells $22.3 Million in Art as Russian Week Ends

MacDougall Arts Ltd., a London auction house specializing in Russian art, sold 10.85 million pounds ($22.3 million) of such artworks yesterday and today. They were the last of
five days of Russian art sales at three auction houses that grossed a total of 88.65 million pounds.

MacDougall’s total presale estimate was 10 million pounds to 14 million pounds. All 454 lots, most of which came from American and European collections, were 19th- and 20th-century paintings, with a large selection of Soviet-era non-conformism. MacDougall’s said 90 percent of the buyers were born in the former Soviet Union, and half are Moscow-based.


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How Mikhail Konchalovsky Interfered with Attribution of Petr Konchalovsky

A meeting of the expert council of the Preservation Foundation of Petr Konchalovsky’s Cultural Heritage took place in Moscow on October 13. Although the institution was established relatively recently – in May 2006, the experts of the Foundation decided to hold a public session.

Usually, meetings of experts in attribution of artworks are held behind close doors. Specialists make decisions concerning authenticity of this or that art piece in privy: representatives of mass media are not welcomed there.


Published in: on November 15, 2006 at 2:28 am  Leave a Comment  
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Detective story with «Bunches of Flowers»

P. Konchalovsky. (?) Bunch of Flowers. Oil on carton. 70.0 x 100.0. Estimate €100,000–120,000. The lot was put off from sale

A Paris Auction House Aguttes together with Cabinet d’Expertise Dan Coissard held sales specialised in the works of impressionists, post-impressionists, art-nouveau and abstract paintings on June 26. As it was announced by Russian Antique information agency, the event took place in the Drouot Hotel in Paris.

Continuing the Russian Week on the threshold of special Russian Sales of the famous French Auction House Tajan, Russian paintings of the XIX and XX centuries were presented by special auction section.


Russian Sales at Sotheby’s

N. Roerich. Lao-tzu. Tempera on canvas. 73,7 И 115,5 cm. Estimate $200,000–300,000. Sold for $2,200,000.

Sotheby’s regular Russian auction took place on April 26–28 in New York. The important sales totaled stunning $54,372,560 (let us compare this result with $15,000,000 fetched by the recent Christie’s two-day Russian auction).

The Sotheby’s collection featured not only classic Russian art of XIX century but works by contemporary Russian artists as well. In 1988, the auction house held the famous sales of Russian art in Moscow, which made many young Moscow artist popular and their works sough-after at the world art market.


Portraiture in Russia. XX Century

One of the leading phenomena in Russian culture in the past hundred years, twentieth-century portraiture is represented at this monographic exhibition by some three hundred works of painting and sculpture from the collection of the Russian Museum.

The exhibits arranged in chronological order permit the viewers to trace the evolution of different artistic concepts of portrait painting and record for posterity the witnesses and participants of various historical events of the past century.


Published in: on November 30, 2001 at 8:19 am  Leave a Comment