May 2014
Welcome to the May Newsletter!
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Mikhail V. Akinshin "Landscape of Zakarpatye"
20½'' x 29¼'', 1967, Oil on Board
Estimate $3,000- $3,500, Current Bid $750 J. Matsdorf

May Silent Auction 


For our May silent auction, we are pleased to present a wonderful landscape by one of the premier landscape artists of the second half of the twentieth century, Mikhail Vasilievich Akinshin. 


The current high bid is just $750 on an estimate of $3,500 to $3,500! Most Park City businesses close in May as they take a break after the busy winter ski season and gear up for summer. This leaves the city and the Gallery rather quiet and means fewer people have placed bids so far in this month's auction. Remember, the auction has NO RESERVE; the high bid wins, so get your bids in to take advantage of this rare opportunity! The auction ends Saturday May 31st at 6 pm.





The Treasure Chest- New Works!  

Exploring the Gallery "Treasure Chest" and finding a hidden gem to add to your collection has proven so popular among Gallery guests that we receive daily inquiries asking if we have any new works.


We have good news, the Treasure is once again full of new works of varying sizes, subject, mediums and price.  


If you are new to The Treasure Chest, it features approximately twenty or so small unframed paintings from noted artists along with several works by minor and unknown artists, all at very affordable prices. Most works are less than $1,000, and many less than $500.   

Agafonova, Alina
"Sea Side"
15¾'' x 13¾'', 2013, Oil on Canvas, $375


View some of the new works.. 



Grigory L. Chainikov, "Peasants at the Shed"
50'' x 40'', 2000, Oil on Canvas, $55,000

Featured Artist- Grigory Chainikov 


In recent years, Grigory L. Chainikov has emerged as Russian Realism's newest and brightest find.  His recent death at the age of 47 is a great loss to Russia, and to the international art world.

Chainikov embraced Russian Realism and remained ever true to its spirit. As he explained, "My themes arise on their own, through insight and not from engaging in subtleties.." His landscapes are often filled with human forms. He painted the everyday: peasants, the field workers, the old, and the young. He painted only what matters, soley what is real. In the later years of his life, one could most often find the non-assuming Chainikov at The Academic Dacha, painting Russia's humblest fold, with the compassion and understanding of an artist who knows how to paint the truth and the realism of life. 


We at the TKM Gallery are honored to have been friends of Grigory L. Chainikov and thrilled to be able to offer his masterpieces to you. Through June 15th the Gallery is presenting a mini exhibition of works by this great Russian master, many of which have never been seen in public. 
We invite you to see these exceptional works of art at the Gallery or you may view the works on the Gallery's website.



Russian Art Week   

London, 30 May - 7 June 2014 


Next week London's premier auction houses and arts venues are once again set  to welcome the fourth Russian Art Week in London.  Auctions of rare and valuable Russian paintings, icons, Fabergé and works of art will be held at all the major auction houses, alongside a series of exceptional exhibitions of work by Russian  artists. 
The third Russian Art Week in November 2013 saw a staggering $93m (£55m) exchanged for masterpieces by the likes of Bakst, Roerich, Falk and Fabergé and this June looks set to continue the trend. Bonhams, Christie's, MacDougall's and Sotheby's will all  be presenting remarkable works of art at their bi-annual sales.


In addition to the auction houses, several galleries in and around London will be hosting Russian exhibitions with other events ranging from ballet and theatre to talks and academic conferences. 


Art market: Records shattered, Russian art boom   

Since 2003, Sotheby's has sold almost $1bn (£594m) of Russian art - almost 10 times the amount sold in the previous decade. Over the past five years, the number of bidders on art priced at over ($850,000) (£500,000) has almost doubled, while Sotheby's last Russian Pictures sale raised $35m (£20m), a record for the period. Russian art is also booming at other auction houses: over the past decade, Christie's Russian art sales have shown annual growth of 35%, while sales are up 24% at MacDougall's.


Read more....  

Inside the salesroom during Christie's record-setting $745 million sale


New York Auctions Realize Record Breaking $1 Billion in Sales


This week's Post-War and Contemporary Art sales achieved $975 million, the highest total for any auction series in art market history. Following record attendance at the pre-sale exhibitions in Rockefeller Center, a truly international group of bidders participated in the sales, with deep and competitive bidding which generated record prices and demonstrated the incredible appetite for contemporary art across the global marketplace. Building on the highest total ever in New York in November 2013 and London in February 2014, the results reflected the pursuit by passionate collectors for works of the highest quality, rarity and outstanding provenance.    Read More....


A Faberge egg worth millions was purchased at a flea market  for just $14,000. 
Flea market find: Faberge egg may be worth $33 million


A Fabergé egg found at a flea market by a scrap-metal dealer who initially didn't realize the value of what he had discovered will be on public view for the first time in more than a century in London.    


The egg, thought to have been made in the late 19th century for Russian royalty, was purchased years ago at a U.S. flea market for just $14,000. The buyer was interested in the item for its gold content but later suspected the piece might be even more valuable. The egg was later sold to a private collector. Some estimates put its value as high as $33 million. 


The discovery of the egg is significant because many of the valuable Fabergé creations have been lost to history.

A report in Britain's Telegraph newspaper said that the scrap-metal dealer who bought the egg lived in a modest home in the Midwest. The residence was "next to a highway and a Dunkin' Donuts. There was the egg, next to some cupcakes on the kitchen counter," a Wartski representative told the newspaper.


Read More.... 




Gallery Stroll, Friday May 30th

For this month's Gallery Stroll we will be featuring several new works in the Treasure Chest along with an exhibition of works by Girgory Chainikov.

The Gallery Stroll takes place the last Friday of every month and is sponsored by the Park City Gallery Association. The stroll takes place from 6 to 9 p.m.

Enjoy the newsletter!


Stephen Justesen, Gallery Director   


May Silent Auctionauction
Congratulations to N. Nero who placed the winning bid of $2,500  for April's auction piece "Conversation" by Mikhail Georgievich Platunov.


For our May silent auction we present this wonderful landscape, by one of the premier landscape artists of the second half of the twentieth century, Mikhail Vasilievich Akinshin.  Akinshin had a unique ability to capture people as well as the hauntingly beautiful landscape of village life. He painted the countryside with emotion and reverence, always full of truth and integrity. Akinshin captured the gentility, vastness and living breath of the countryside of his native Ukraine and Uzbekistan where he studied and lived.  


In this work Akinshin combines the spontaneity of a one time plein air outing together with the bright, particularly Ukrainian, colors that are noted in many artists of the period. Mikhail Vasilievich Akinshin brings a vibrancy and spirit to this piece which marks it as a classic. 


Don't miss this rare opportunity to add a great work by a fantastic artist to your collection. The Current bid is just $750!  


We invite you to participate in this month's auction and thank everyone who placed bids last month. The next bid is $1,000, followed by minimum bidding increments of $250. Please note that you may place a maximum bid and the Gallery will bid on your behalf up to your maximum. Bids will be taken via telephone, fax, or e-mail until the auction ends at 6 :00 pm Saturday May 31st. Follow all the bidding updates on the Gallery's web site. 
Akinshin, Mikhail Vasilievich Akinshin
"Landscape of Zakarpatye"
20½'' x 29¼'', (52 x 74 cm) 1967, Oil on Board
Estimate $3,000- $3,500, Current Bid $750 J. Matsdorf

Mikhail Vasilievich Akinshin, (1927- 1980) Zaporozhye, Ukraine

Translated from the original Russian


Mikhail Vasilievich Akinshin was born on February 18, 1927 in the village Lomovo, Kursk Region into a peasant's family. In 1951 M.V. Akinshin finished the Tashkent Art School. For a year he taught drawing at school. In 1953 he moved to the town of Zaporozhye and since this time has worked as a professional artist.


The artist travels often and has visited many places of our country. Everywhere, he tries to see and reproduce characteristic features of the terrain and its coloring. At the same time, M.V. Akinshin emphasizes skillfully his creative projects and in doing so retains peculiarities of his pictorial vision. The artist is especially carried away with diversity of our life, with fast rhythms and dynamics of contemporaneous. Probably, because of this, the local landscape became the main genre of his creative work.


Among landscapes created by M.V. Akinshin from 1968 to 1970, it is necessary to mention the picture titled A Northern Little Town - Velikiy Ustyug. Here the artist's beloved composition device is used -- high horizon. It gave the artist the opportunity to show the place from the bird's eye view. The attention is attracted to the originality of the old town.


However, the artist does not consistently repeat this skillfully found method. For example, in the other landscape Evening, the same place is represented in a different way. Here the view is from below with sharp color contrasts of bright red and orange buildings against the blue sky background. The artist shows a close-up of several buildings in major optimistic combinations with the Old Russian architecture.  


His paintings Bus Station (1970) and Seaport (1970) are filled with a sense of multi-voiced noise and efficiency. These works suggest that Mikhail Vasilievich Akinshin does not cease to search new devices of composition and color expressiveness.


He gives much attention to the work on studies during yearly trips over towns of our country. His paintings are not simply enlarged studies, not merely a mechanical transfer of a motif but laborious work on assertions of his views, image bearing executions of reality filled with personal feelings, emotional experiences and thoughts.


The landscape Summer which is in Zaporozhye Art Museum should also be attributed to the best of his works. Having reached the creative maturity, Mikhail Vasilievich Akinshin peers into life fixedly and represents it more truthfully and deeply.


Akinshin, Mikhail Vasilievich (1927-1980)


- Born in Kursk, studied at Tashkent Art College. Active in Zhaporozhe, Ukraine from 1953. Specialized     
   in landscapes.

- Since 1968 he has been a member of the USSR Union of Artists and takes an active part in regional and    
   republican exhibitions.

- Mikhail Akinshin is listed in "A Dictionary of Twentieth Century Russian and Soviet Paintings, 1900

   -1980", by Matthew Cullerne Brown.

-  Died in 1980.

New Works in the Gallery Treasure Chest



---Unknown---, "Worker - sketch" 
19¾'' x 13¾'', Oil on Board $350
---Unknown---, "Castle" 
15¾'' x 11½'', Watercolor on Paper $275




















Logvinyuk, Alexander Semenovich, "Landscape" 19¾'' x 23½'', 1979, Oil on Board, $390
Gaiduk, Victor Kirillovich, "Fruit Sill Life"
12¼'' x 15'', Mixed Media on Board, $300

---Unknown---, "Oranges Still Life"
11½'' x 15¼'', Oil on Canvas, $325
Tatarenko, Alexander Alexandrovich, "Deep Sea Diver" 19¼'' x 20½'', 1955, Oil on Board, $2,700

Gaiduk, Victor Kirillovich, "Country Village"
17'' x 23¼'', Oil on Board $350

---Unknown---, "Tree"
13'' x 19¾'', Oil on Board, $275


Grigory Chainikov sport


"Grigory Leontievich Chainikov was adored by the Russian people.  He painted the truth.


He painted the disappearing Russian village life in a way that dignified and uplifted people without  being artificial or condescending.  His contribution to both art and history will last as long as the Russian people last.  His loss at such a young age is a national tragedy. Long after the political leaders of this generation have passed from memory, the name Chainikov will be honored and respected.  What a great gift he has left for Russia in his few years on earth."
-Sergie Petrovich Tkachev at the memorial service of Grigory Chainakov.
Grigory L. Chainikov, "Belated Cow"
27¾'' x 35½'',1992, Oil on Canvas,  $22,000
The great Russian poet A. Block said, "I devote all my life to the Russian theme and I do it knowingly and finally.  The same may be said of the great young Russian artist Grigoriy Chainikov.  I am grateful to Chainikov who has kept faithful to himself, to his native land and to the art of his tradition.  In a world full of the temptation of `modern' art, he has been a `keeper of the traditions' of the Russian realistic school of painting.  He has opened to us, his Russia.  This is not the Russia of the capital or of holidays, but the real one with its endless open spaces, villages and good-hearted people.  Their life is not easy, they have sorrows, grief and joys, but more often than not, they have a lot of hardship and misery.  Still, they are not broken and they live the Russian way, with open hearts and souls."
Grigory L. Chainikov, "Pilgrim"
30½'' x 49½'', 1989, Oil on Canvas, $38,000
When contemplating the paintings created by Grigoriy Leontievich Chainikov, one is struck by the purity and simplicity of the artist's subject matter. Chainikov's work radiates kindness, sincerity and serenity. The art mirrors the painter's personality: engaging, humble and genuine. An artist's view of the world can dismiss abstract reasoning and meaningless rhetoric. Trained in the traditions of Russian Realism, Chainikov sees man and nature as the wellspring of his inspiration, as he uses intricate combinations of color and shade to frame a moment in time. For Chainikov, fantasy and abstract are tricks of the "evil one".
Grigory L. Chainikov, "The Morning Sleep"
37½'' x 59'', 2007, Oil on Canvas, $41,000

Chainikov was a wonderful master of the landscape art. He reveals himself as a master of individual talent with his motives and his own style of painting the nature. He likes the motifs connected with forests, he is also attracted by edges of woods, meadows, surrounded by trees, bands of paths and forest roads, leading one's gaze away inside a painting.

Grigory L. Chainikov, "The Fine February"
15¾'' x 23½'', 2007, Oil on Canvas,  $10,000

The village nature takes a large part in his landscape motifs. He depicts village peasants' log huts, bath houses vividly placed on forest's background and a river running away. His landscapes are full of air, freshness and light. They are warmed up by the artist's live feelings. There is always some mood in them, calm joyful, lyric and epic, sometimes romantic, but one can never see in his pictures a nature of stormy and violent manifestations of feelings and struggle of passions. Chainikov included into his images of nature so much personal overtones that his landscapes are turned into lyrical pieces of poetry.

Grigory L. Chainikov, "Silent Evening" 
15¾'' x 39'', 2005, Oil on Canvas $12,000
The bulk of the artist's landscapes are built according to the principle of a diagonal composition and it gives a definite dynamics to a painting.  Being a characteristic feature of a Russian landscape, the panoramic composition is also peculiar to many paintings by the artist. The space spread in breadth or going inside turns those fragments of the nature into a resemblance of unbounded expanses.


Speaking about Chainikov's mastery as a landscape painter, his excellent command of a brush as well as his artistic softness, quiet coloring, steadiness and a richness of tonal and color masses should be pointed out.
Grigory L. Chainikov, "Century Old Fur Tree"
30¼'' x 36¼'',1986, Oil on Canvas, $15,000

The artistic conception of Chainikov's material world does not become exhausted with his pictures of nature. A person's image is on the foreground in his creative activity. A portrait as well as a landscape is the main sphere of Chainikov's art. The circle of people portrayed by the artist is rather large - starting from artist and scientists and finishing with village working people. The portraits attract one's attention by the artist's well-disposed attitude towards the depicted persons. He is able to reproduce the mood and a definite emotional state. Chainikov's portraits are, as a rule, intimate and chamber. There is no philosophical depth in them, but there is an assertion of the person's beauty, his appearance and his talent.

Grigory L. Chainikov, "Contemplation"
50¾'' x 35½'', 2004, Oil on Canvas $38,000

Female portraits take a special place in Chainikov's art, they are built in nature and exclude any idealization of the portrayed persons. The artist depicts mainly beautiful women. They are cheerful and merry, sometimes even self-confident. But occasionally one can meet a thoughtful face and a sad look. The artist does not seek in them a similarity, but he is eager to pass an inner essence of his models. And although they are somewhat of the same type according to their interpretation, they are different in their characters and individual originality. Chainikov depicts women's portraits mainly up to their chest on a neutral background. As for men's portraits, they are depicted as a rule in their full size, quietly sitting and the spectator's attention is concentrated on their faces and hands. Many portraits of Chainikov are merged with an everyday genre and still life.  They can be called portrait-pictures. Such a merging favors a  creation of a unified and harmonic artistic image.

Grigory L. Chainikov, "Wiping Her Feet"
28¼'' x 52¼'', 2007, Oil on Canvas, $35,000
Chainikov has also revealed himself in the genre art in which the first and even the only place take a Russian village. People's theme passes through all the Russian painting and it is inherent to modern artists. The theme of a village can be also clearly seen in Chainikov's creative activity.


Chainikov is meditative in the genre art. While depicting the village life, he does not estimate it. He neither makes any harsh judgments, nor underlines it, but he shows the life and does it with sympathy, kindness and love. Many of his genre scenes are not deprived of some poetry. Such a meditative and positively poetic understanding of life in Russian art goes back to the followers of Venetianov.
Grigory L. Chainikov, "Cold May"
35½'' x 39¼'', 2003, Oil on Canvas $25,000
The figures in Chainikov's paintings are static; they sit, stand, but the people are never shown in movement. Their gestures are scanty and all the characters are presented in space. But the space does not dominate in paintings and the accent is given to a figurative part of a composition. Chainikov's models are understood not as "typical characters" or "everlasting heroes" but as concrete and modern persons. And it does not seem to be appropriate and logical in this case to write about the formal and stylish categories used by Chainikov, because the peculiarities of compositional constructions, interpretation of the volume, as well as color and light solutions, pictorial texture and the technique of paint-brush strokes are varied and solve every time differently. Chainikov works also in the interior genre, he paints still life. He has his series of self-portraits and children's portraits. 
Grigory L. Chainikov, "Interior with Bible"
59'' x 47¼'', 2004, Oil on Canvas, $35,000

Grigoriy Leontievich Chainikov-  (1960-2008)


Chainikov's origin can be traced to Udmurtia, Russia, where his ancestors had resided for generations. The artist was born on November 28, 1960 in the remote village of Grakhovo. Chainikov, a self-taught sketcher, often spent the tedious summer hours he worked as a shepherd, drawing images of the countryside. Before long this hobby became an obsession and Chainikov entered The Department of Graphic Arts School, housed in a classical ancient mansion. The formal majesty of artistic academia inspired Chainikov. Here Chainikov studied the plaster head of Apollo, amazed by the artist's ability to convey image in dimension. This became the defining element in Chainikov's style. His teachers soon recognized the student's extraordinary raw talent.


Chainikov was a veracious worker. Initially Chainikov painted only with watercolors, but he was soon referred to Moscow to study under Victor G. Tsyplakov, the renowned "people's artist of the USSR", where he quickly turned his skills to painting strictly with oils. Chainikov was ultimately admitted to the Surikov Institute of Arts, the most prestigious art institute of Russia. Much of Chainikov's development came under the watchful eye of Tsyplakov who taught his student to paint directly on the canvas, without sketches. For instance, the teacher had his student begin a portrait by painting only the eyes, then developing the painting around the origin. Tsyplakov and Chainikov became fast friends, as well as teacher/student.


Upon completing his training at The Institute, Chainikov went to the Russian Academy of Arts, painting alongside two of Russia's most honored artists, brothers, Alexi and Sergei Tkachev. Gaining admission to the Artist's "Akademicheskaya Dacha" enabled Tkachevs the opportunity to study the younger Chainikov's works. The brothers were teachers and mentors to Chainikov, and have been instrumental to the success of their friend and student over the years.

Russian Art WeekArtWeek


The coming week in London will be all about Russian art as the city's premier auction houses and arts venues kick off the fourth annual Russian Art Week. Auctions of rare and valuable Russian paintings, icons and works of decorative art will be held at all the major auction houses from May 20 to June 7, alongside a series of exceptional exhibitions of work by contemporary Russian artists at galleries and museums around the city.


A biannual event that takes place in November and June, the last Russian Art Week saw the major auction houses taking in £55 million for masterpieces by Bakst, Roerich, Falk and Fabergé. This spring, auction houses Bonhams, Christie's, MacDougall's and Sotheby's will all offer remarkable works of art for sale.

Nikolai Roerich, "Signal Fires of Peace", 1917, £800,000 - £1.2 million

Bonhams' Russian sale will take place at the auction house's new headquarters in London's New Bond Street on June 4th. One of the works that is generating a huge amount of buzz is "Signal Fires of Peace" by Nikolai Roerich, which reappeared recently after having been stripped of its original title and considered lost. Valued at between £800,000 and £1.2 million, the early Roerich masterpiece was inspired by the events of the Russian Revolution and infused with Roerich's characteristic symbolism.


Bonhams is the world's third largest international fine art auction house and set the world record for the most valuable Russian painting ever to be sold in a Russian auction when Nikolai Roerich's "Madonna Laboris" sold for £7.9 million in June 2013.

Vladimir D. Baranoff-Rossin, "Still life with Fruit and Flowers", 1915. Estimate: £700,000-£900,000

Also up for sale at the June 4 Bonhams auction is Vladimir Davidovich Baranoff-Rossiné's "Still life with fruit and flowers" painted between 1910 and 1915. The work is valued at between £700,000 and £900,000. Baranoff-Rossiné travelled to Paris in 1910 where he was exposed to a diverse set of influences and changed his Ukrainian birth-name, Shulim Wolf Baranoff, to the more European-sounding Daniel Rossiné. 

Nikolai N. Ge, Male Nude", 1853, £130,000 - 150,000


Another of the painting highlights in the same sale is "Male Nude" from 1853, a rare example of an early work by Nikolai Nikolaevich Ge, who was best known for his later paintings on monumental religious themes. "Male Nude" was created in 1853 for an exam at the Imperial Academy of Arts in St. Petersburg and carries the official wax seal of the Academy. It was awarded a silver medal - the highest level of distinction for a work by a pupil - and is expected to go for between £130,000 and £150,000.










Christie's will offer a spectacular selection of paintings and works of art in its Russian Art sale, which will be held in London on 2 June 2014. Synonymous with exceptional quality and rarity, the auction will present a rich array of paintings, ranging from Avant-Garde masterpieces to magnificent Imperial porcelain. This auction features a notably strong selection of Russian works of art from private collections, including Aristarkh Lentulov's vibrant Cubo-Futurist Landscape with bridge, Kislovodsk. The sale also includes major paintings from Russian masters such as Roerich, Vereshchagin, Gorbatov, Golovin and Burliuk in addition to significant pieces by Fabergé and an important group of rare Russian Silver. With over 300 lots ranging from £1,000 to £1,500,000, this sale presents one of the finest assemblages of Russian Art at auction in recent history. 
Vasilii Vereshchagin, "The Pearl Mosque at Agra", 1870's-early 1880's,  Estimate: £1,000,000-£1,500,000

The star lot at Christie's is Vasily Vereshchagin's The Pearl Mosque at Agra, painted in the late 1870s to early 1880's. Vereshchagin's intricately detailed view of the mosque interior has not appeared at auction for 95 years, and was last exhibited in New York in 1916.     

Nicholas Roerich (1874-1947), "The Heavenly Battle.", 1909. Estimate: £500,000-700,000


Additional paintings in the sale includes a stellar selection of six paintings by Nicholas Roerich from the estate of Margaret Janice Vann. Ranging in value from £40,000 to £250,000, the works represent various mountain vantage points. Formerly held in the collection of Roerich's great American patrons, Louis and Nettie Horch, these paintings are appearing at auction for the first time. Nicholas Roerich was an extremely important figure in the life of Margaret Janice Vann. Part of the proceeds from the sale of this collection will benefit two not-for-profit organizations selected by Ms. Vann that continue to promote the legacy of Nicholas Roerich's teachings; Higher Self Yoga and the Center for Peace through Culture.  

Ivan Aivazovsky, "Alexander the II on the Frozen Neva"
Estimate, £ 300,000 - £ 500,000


Alongside the Roerichs, Christie's will offer Ivan Aivazovsky's beautiful and rare Alexander II on the frozen Neva, painted in 1890 (estimate: £300,000-500,000). An internationally celebrated maritime artist, the works of Aivazovsky continue to enrich the collections of numerous renowned collections, including that of the Topkapi Palace, Istanbul, the State Tretyakov Gallery, Moscow and The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. 


Another highlight of the sale is Aristarkh Lentulov's dynamic masterwork "Landscape with Bridge, Kislovodsk". A fearless innovator and one of the greatest colourists of his time, this painting from 1913 represents the critical point of the artist's career, during which he created a synthesis of Western Cubo-Futurist technique with a native Russian theme. The appearance on the art market of this oil from the acclaimed 'Kislovodsk' series provides collectors with a rare opportunity to acquire a unique piece from the most significant period of this Russian master. 

Aristarkh Lentulov, "Landscape with Bridge, Kislovodsk", Estimate- £ 1,500,000 - £ 2,500,000

Sotheby's returned the largest overall sales figures in November 2014 with £24m and presented the first sale dedicated to Russian contemporary art. It is again offering some exceptional works: the avant-garde pioneer is a wonderful example of his Neo-Primitivist style, and was recorded in the listings of works by Goncharova and Larionov published in 1913 by Eli Eganbyuri.  

Mikhail Larionov, "Kneading Dough", Estimate, £800,000-1,200,000

Kneading Dough is one of the most significant paintings by Mikhail Larionov remaining in private hands. With its flat treatment of the figures, bold outlines and simple composition, it shows all the characteristics of Larionov's best works of the period. It was also once in the celebrated collection of Eugene Robin who owned Larionov's early masterpiece 'Blue Pig' too, now in the centre Pompidou.


Aristarkh Lentulov, "Children with Umbrellas", 1912,  Estimate £600,000-800,000
Children with Parasols dates from the Golden Age of the pioneering Jack of Diamonds society, a group which over the past decade has become tremendously popular among collectors, and has featured in major exhibitions across Russia. It last appeared at auction 40 years ago.


Kirill Zdanevich, "Café Etoile"
1912 Estimate, £500,000-700,000

Also expected to be popular is Kazimir Malevich's Head of a Peasant, Study for Peasant Funeral (1911). This stunning work was part of an exhibition at the Grosse Berliner Kunstausstellung in 1927. When Malevich had to return to the Soviet Union before the exhibition closed, he left the works in the charge of the German architect Hugo Häring. This painting is believed to have been a gift to Häring and his wife.


Kazimir Malevich ,"Head of Peasant, Study for Peasant Funeral "
1911 Estimate £600,000-800,000






















This is the first major oil painting by Kirill Zdanevich ever to come to auction. Once owned by Mikhail Larionov, the painting gives a fascinating insight into the early Russian avant-garde's fascination with folk art and primitive artists. Depicting the owner of a 'dukhan', or tavern, it was painted during a trip the artist made with his brother to Georgia, and is heavily influenced by the work of Pirosmani, the father of the Georgian avant-garde movement.


22 Works from the Collection of the International Confederation of Artists' Unions 

Alexander A. Deineka, "Young Designer"
Estimate £2- 3m

This is perhaps the most exciting for part of Russian art week for us, the sale by Sotheby's of 22 paintings and works on paper from the famous collection of the International Confederation of Artists' Unions, the successor organization of the Union of Artists of the USSR - one of very few bodies entitled to purchase works from artists during the Soviet era. Over several decades the Union has amassed almost 50,000 items, and today rivals the collections of Russia's greatest museums in terms of breadth and variety. This inaugural sale includes museum-quality works by Deineka, Nissky and Pimenov, Stozharov, and Gerasimov, each was acquired directly from the artist and appears on the market for the very first time. 


This is one of Deineka's most famous mature works. Described as his 'last significant achievement', it can be considered the artist's swan song: a summary of his artistic legacy. In both subject and title Young Designer refers to the birth of Constructivism.

While Deineka typically portrayed brawny, physically massive and even deliberately crude subjects, here we encounter a femme fatale of a new society - a feminine figure who is at the same time self-confident and resilient. Widely published and exhibited, this is the most important canvas by the artist ever to appear at auction.

Vladimir F. Stozharov, "The Passing of the First Motorship", 1965, Estimate £250,000 - 350,000


Throughout his career, Vladimir Stozharov found inspiration in the Russian north, its vernacular architecture and the traditional way of life of its people. While still a student at Moscow's Surikov Institute, he would travel to the Kostroma and Yaroslavl regions, and later to Siberia, along the Yenisei river, where he would find the subjects of his paintings. Although born in Moscow, he felt a close affinity with the people living in those parts of Russia, had a deep understanding of their customs and traditions and celebrated them in his works. Primarily a landscape painter, Stozharov was less interested in depicting the untouched nature of the North, but focused instead on the people themselves, their towns, villages and wooden houses.


The villagers have come down to the river to wait for the motorship, which is notably absent from the picture. Women in colorful dresses, holding their babies are standing impatiently, while others are chatting. The faces of the few men in the group are burnt by the sun, no doubt from working outside.  Stozharov depicts a thriving community, which is also reflected by the new houses being built in the background. 
Yuir I. Pimenov, "Memories of Bread Rationing During the War", Estimate £500,000 - 700,000
By the 1960s, Yuri Pimenov had established a reputation as one of the most important artists in the Soviet Union. Driven by the Soviet regime's push for idealism, he used his art as a vehicle to depict the country's bright future and continuous progress. 

In "Memories of Bread Rationing during the War" he juxtaposes a sense of melancholy for the past with optimism for the present - setting a winter scene showing weary hungry citizens queuing for bread, against a sunlit room filled with food and wine.
Servei V. Gerasimov, "Evening in Mozhaisk", 1959, Estimate, £50,000-70,000
This evening view of Mozhaisk is a superb example of Sergei Gerasimov's interpretation of the particular strand of Russian Impressionism introduced and developed by Konstantin Korovin, his teacher at the Moscow School of Painting, Sculpture and Architecture from 1907 to 1912. The violet-based palette and alternation of feather-like and dense brushwork is reminiscent in particular of the latter's Okhotino landscapes. 

Throughout his life Gerasimov returned often to Mozhaisk, the town near Moscow where he grew up. 'Sergei
Vasilievich was a particularly national artist, particularly Russian', wrote his contemporary, the artist Pavel Korin. 'He grew up amongst the fields and forests of the ancient town of Mozhaisk, not far from the proud and bright fields of Borodino'. In the 1950s and early 1960s he painted a famous series of Mozhaisk landscapes, including a smaller oil, Towards Autumn (1953, Private Collection) taken from the same viewpoint as the present work.


MacDougall'sthe Russian art specialist auction house, will feature important works by key figures of the Russian avant-garde, including Robert Falk, Pavel Kuznetsov, Mikhail Larionov, Natalia Goncharova and many others. Also of note are top works by Soviet Period artists Arkady Plastov, Alexander Gerasimov, Vladimir Stozharov and Boris Iogansan. Some of the top lots have just returned from Moscow where they were shown with great success; MacDougall's was the only British auction house to have a pre-auction exhibition in Moscow this season. 

Robert Falk, "Boy with a Cap, Sitting on a Chair", c. 1910-1911 £800,000-1,200,000

The appearance on the market of Robert Falk's double-sided composition Boy with a Cap Sitting on a Chair (£800,000-1,200,000) promises to be one of the sensations of London's June Russian sales. This exceptional work was painted in the Bashkir settlement of Maksyutovo to which Falk took his first wife to be treated for consumption with mare's milk in 1910/11. It dates from the time of the first exhibition of the Jack of Diamonds group, a period from which very few works remain in private hands.

Pavel Kuznetsov, "Eastern City. Bukhara", 1910, £1,900,000 - 3,000,000


The highest estimate is for Pavel Kuznetsov's Eastern City. Bukhara (estimate £1,900,000-3,000,000), the most important and best-known canvas from his celebrated Central Asian series of 1912-1915, which was shown at almost every exhibition of the artist's work both during and after his lifetime. This masterpiece represents the culmination of Kuznetsov's efforts to combine new avant-garde principles of fragmented forms with influences of the ancient tradition of icon painting and Central Asian folk art.


The celebrated artistic couple Mikhail Larionov and Natalia Goncharova will be particularly well represented. Larionov with three important works: two early impressionistic canvasses painted at his grandmother's house at Tiraspol, Sapins et bouleaux (£700,000-1,200,000) and Une journée de mai (£650,000-900,000), as well as the later, poetic tempera, Still Life with Flowers which he painted in Paris in the 1920s (£400,000-600,000). Larionov's lifelong partner in both romance and art, Natalia Goncharova, painted the same vase and scene in Still Life with Magnolias (£400,000-600,000). 

Petr Konchalovsky,  Dynamo Ice Rink, 1948,  £250,000 - £300,000

Of particular interest to us are the six works the McCarthey Gallery has with MacDougall's, four works by Arkady Plastov and the two works shown here by A. Gerasimov and B. Ioganson.  

Gerasimov, Aleksandr Mikhailovich "Flowers". 23½'' x 30'', 1950, Oil on Canvas, £70,000-120,000
Ioganson, Boris Vladimirovich "By the Window" 23½'' x 31½'', 1964, Oil on Board, £15,000-20,000

In addition to the auction houses, a number of galleries and museums are also getting in on the act. Exhibitions such as "Russian Revolution in Art: Russian Avant-Garde: 1910-1932," at the St. Petersburg Gallery in Cork Street vies for most anticipated with an exceptional exhibition of work by Soviet artist Viktor Popkov at Somerset House. The Calvert 22 Gallery is hosting an exhibition of contemporary Russian photography curated by Kate Bush, "Close and Far: Russian Photography Now," while Erarta Gallery's "Russian Cosmism" will feature a number of contemporary Russian artists.


Other scheduled events range from ballet and theater to talks and academic conferences, marking this as an important week in the calendar of the UK-Russia Year of Culture 2014. Many of the events that begin this week will run throughout the month. 


Art market: Records Shattered, Russian Art Boom
Viktor Vekselberg

First Nine Fabergé eggs sold for $100m, then prices soared.
In 2004, Russian billionaire Viktor Vekselberg privately acquired the nine fabled Imperial Easter Eggs from the Forbes collection for more than $100m (£59m). According to Darin Bloomquist, head of the Russian objects department at Sotheby's, the landmark sale ignited a Russian boom at auctions in the UK.


"It's really extraordinary," he says. "We're in the midst of a masterpiece market, where the best things attract enormous prices."


The numbers:  


- 1 billion pounds is the total value of Russian art sold at Sotheby's since 2003.

- 7.9 million pounds is the record price for a Russian picture at a Russian art sale: Nikolai Roerich's Madonna Laboris.

- 35 per cent is the annual growth in demand for Russian art offered for sale at Christie's.

Since 2003, Sotheby's has sold almost $1bn (£594m) of Russian art - almost 10 times the amount sold in the previous decade. Over the past five years, the number of bidders on art priced at over ($850,000) (£500,000) has almost doubled, while Sotheby's last Russian Pictures sale raised $35m (£20m), a record for the period. Russian art is also booming at other auction houses: over the past decade, Christie's Russian art sales have shown annual growth of 35%, while sales are up 24% at MacDougall's.


What's behind the boom? The answer is simple, says director William MacDougall: "New wealth in Russia."


Returning Home


In the revolutionary era, Fabergés and other priceless art was smuggled out of Russia, an exodus of the country's cultural heritage that continued in the Soviet period. Today, the majority of Russian art is sourced from private western collections, where it has resided for 70 years or more, and sold in London to Russian collectors, who bring it back home.


"Thirty years ago, Russian art was bought by Western bargain hunters," Mr. MacDougall says. "Now, Russians have money and can travel again. They saw how cheap Russian art is abroad, so they started buying it, and prices started to rise." 
Nikolai Roerich's 1931 "Madonna Laboris"

A year ago in London, Bonhams achieved the world record for a Russian picture at a Russian art sale - Nikolai Roerich's radiant 1931 Madonna Laboris, which sold for £7.9m. Sotheby's recently sold a family portrait by avant-garde master Pyotr Konchalovsky ahead of auction for £4.67m, more than quadruple the artist's previous record.


"What you could buy for £100,000 a few years ago is now £400,000 or £500,000," says Rena Lavery, a London art consultant who represents clients that include the billionaire Andrei Filatov. "It makes my life as a buyer a bit more difficult now, because it's harder to find something - and if you find something decent, you have to pay more for it."


Modern Tastes
Ilya Ivanovich Mashkov, "Still Life with Fruit"


In the past, the staple of the Russian pictures market was the 19th century, the golden era of Russian realism. Now, however, attention is shifting to the 20th century. "Modernist works are what the market appears to be moving towards, away from the more established, traditional works of the Wanderers and Ilya Repin," Sophie Law of Bonhams says.


Sarah Mansfield, the head of the Russian art department at Christie's in London, agrees. "If, 5 or 10 years ago, the top painting of the season was often a major 19th-century painting," she says, "over the last few seasons Christie's has witnessed some fantastic prices for the innovative, brightly coloured works of the 1910's by the Russian avant garde."


Among them are Ilya Mashkov's Still Life with Fruit, which Christie's recently sold for £4.77m, and Aristarkh Lentulov, whose Church in Alupka went for £2.1m. The sales were world records for both artists.


Realism's Growing Appeal
Alexander M. Gerasimov, "Moscow, Gorky Street"
1947, Estimate, £50,000-70,000, Sotheby's

Perhaps the more surprising new development is growing interest in Soviet realist art, which is increasingly well represented at auction and in exhibitions such as Sotheby's Soviet Sport show last winter and the inclusion of 22 works from the Union of Artists collection in next weeks auction. Billionaires Mr. Filatov and Boris Ananiev are among the most avid new collectors of socialist realist works. "It's the art of the time when I was born, of the time I lived through and studied," Mr. Ananiev says.


According to Ms. Lavery, one of the hottest Soviet painters today is Alexander Deneika, who injected innovative design into idealized depictions of workers and athletes. Deneika's boldly geometric Young Designer is the brightest star of Sotheby's forthcoming Russian Art Week auctions, where it is expected to fetch £2-£3m. 


Kandinsky's Wide Appeal


"When it comes to the Russian avant garde, there's no question that artists such as Natalia Goncharova, El Lissitzky and Wassily Kandinsky appeal to Western buyers as much as to Russian buyers," says Frances Asquith, head of the Russian Pictures department at Sotheby's.


While the Russian economy has slumped this spring, auction houses and buyers anticipate that it will have little impact on the forthcoming auctions. "Russians are investing in their national culture," Mr. MacDougall says. "The tradition of major collectors is back."
Source: Russia Beyond the Headlines
One billion dollars of Contemporary Art in two evenings newyork


New York's recent prestige sales of Post-War & Contemporary Art on May 13 and 14 generated more than a billion dollars. Billionaires from more than 30 countries drove bidding to stratospheric levels and, according to Christie's, the Asian bidders were particularly determined. Christie's recorded a sales total of $745 million with a 95% sold rate. Sotheby's sale the following day generated $346 million with an 85% sold rate.


But if prices were staggering, so was the material on offer. Observers agreed such a top-notch group of blue chip contemporary works will rarely be offered together at one sale anytime soon again. The sale featured no fewer than nine lots priced at a minimum of $20 million each, but there was no shortage of eager buyers. New records were set for Alexander CalderJoseph Cornell, Robert GoberJoan Mitchell, Barnett Newman, Frank Stella, and Salvatore Scarpitta. Of 72 lots on offer, 68, or 92 percent, were sold. By value the sale achieved 98 percent. 


On May 13, Christie's generated $150.3m from just two works: a colorfield by Mark Rothko (dated 1952) which went for $66.2m, and a Barnett Newman painting titled Black Fire I that was hotly pursued until a final bid of $84.1m some 41 million dollars more than the artist's previous auction record of $39m .  

Mark Rothko, Untitled, 1952, $66.2 million.

Barnett Newman, "Black Fire I," 1961, $84.2 million
































Three major Warhols generated $134 million A frequent, if not omnipresent, star of these prestige sales, Andy Warhol was represented by a number of major works: White Marilyn and Race Riot at Christie's, and a the six-in-one self-portrait at Sotheby's. Including fees, these three works generated $134m. The first under the hammer was Race riot, a 1964 work based on a press photo of racial violence in Birmingham Alabama. From a collector's point of view, the work had a number of attractions: a) a much sought-after Warhol subject, b) a goodly size (152.4 x 167.6 cm), c) a repetition in different colors and d) an important provenance: the Mapplethorpe collection. The screen-print on canvas, which had previously sold for $570,000 in 1992, went under the hammer for $62.88m.



Andy Warhol, "White Marilyn," 1962, $41 million
Andy Warhol, "Race Riot," 1964, $62 million






















A few minutes later, Christie's presented its second Warhol treasure: a "White Marilyn" with an estimate of $12 - 18 million. One of twelve portraits of the Hollywood star, each with a different color background, the work is "historical" not just because it was created soon after Marilyn's death, but also because it marks a turning point in Warhol's career, being his first series on silk. This emblem of Pop Art was bid all the way to $41.04m, twice its high estimate.


The lot with the highest asking price "in the region of $75 million" was a Francis Bacon triptychThree Studies for a Portrait of John Edwards (1984). It sold for $80.8 million, to an Asian buyer on the phone. Bacon's painting of fellow artist Lucian Freud made history at Christie's in November when its $142.4 million sale price set the record for the most expensive artwork ever sold at auction.

Francis Bacon, "Three Studies for a Portrait of John Edwards," 1984, $80.8 million

Jeff Koons's Jim Beam - J.B. Turner Train (1986), stainless steel and bourbon, sold for $33.8 million on an estimate in the region of $30 million. Once again, the work was won by Xin Li, bidding for a client, though it appeared to be a different client than the buyer of the Bacon several lots earlier.


Still, the current record for Koons would have been hard to beat. It stands at $58.4 million, the price paid for Balloon Dog (Orange)  when it was sold at Christie's New York this past November.


Jean-Michel Basquiat's large, fiery Untitled (1981), sold for $34.9 million (estimate: $20-$30 million). The current record for Basquiat is $48.8 million for Dustheads (1982), an acrylic, oilstick, spray enamel, and metallic paint on canvas that sold at Christie's New York this past May on an estimate of $25-35 million.

Jean-Michel Basquiat, Untitled (1981) Sold for $34.9 million


The Lost Third Imperial Easter Egg by Carl Fabergé.  faberge


Given by Alexander III Emperor and Autocrat of all the Russias to Empress Marie Feodorovna for Easter 1887.   

"Fabergé is the greatest genius of our time. I told him: 'Vous etes un genie incomparable'" 
Empress Marie Feodorovna in a letter to her sister Queen Alexandra of England.


One of the eight missing imperial Faberge eggs will go on show in London  after it was purchased by a scrap metal dealer in a flea market in the United States.


London antique dealer Wartski said the man bought the egg a few years ago for about $14,000, completely unaware that it was worth about $33 million.


The man thought he could make a quick $500 profit by selling it on as scrap metal, but by a stroke of fortune he was unable to find a buyer and so the egg was saved from being melted down.


An undated handout picture released by Wartski court Jewellers on March 20, 2014 shows a rare imperial Faberge Easter egg. 


The egg, which contains a Vacheron Constantin watch, sits on a jewelled gold stand and was given by Alexander III to his wife Empress Maria Feodorovna in Easter 1887. It is one of only 50 imperial Faberge eggs ever made.


The egg became a financial burden to its owner.  

One evening, he typed "egg" and "Vacheron Constantin" into an Internet search engine and found a an article in Britain's Daily Telegraph about its background, quoting Kieran McCarthy, director of Wartski, who are experts on the works of Carl Faberge.


The owner was so astonished by what he had read that he flew to London to show it to McCarthy, who was left speechless.      

Wartski bought the egg for a private collector -- for an undisclosed sum -- and the new owner has allowed it to be displayed for four days at Wartski's premises in London.        

McCarthy said: "It's the most incredible discovery. We have so many discoveries but none of them are as momentous as this.      

"It has travelled from Imperial St Petersburg to the rust belt of America. It's a story that deserves to be told because it could so easily have slipped away.


"For the Faberge community and the historical community, it is a wondrous event because the Easter egg is the ultimate target for every antique dealer and every enthusiast."     

The egg was last seen in public 112 years ago at an exhibition of the Russian Imperial family's Faberge collection in St Petersburg.     


In the chaos of the Russian revolution, the Bolsheviks confiscated the valuable egg from the empress.  


There is a record of it in Moscow in 1922 when the Soviets decided to sell it, but its fate was then unknown and it was long feared that it could have been melted down for its gold value.

But in 2011 Faberge researchers found the egg had been sold in New York in March 1964 for just $2,450, or $18,500 in today's prices.       

It was sold as a "gold watch in egg form case" without its provenance being known, sparking its extraordinary journey to the Midwest of the United States.


The jeweled and ridged yellow gold Egg stands on its original tripod pedestal, which has chased lion paw feet and is encircled by colored gold garlands suspended from cabochon blue sapphires topped with rose diamond set bows.


It contains a surprise of a lady's watch by Vacheron Constantin, with a white enamel dial and openwork diamond set gold hands. The watch has been taken from its case to be mounted in the Egg and is hinged, allowing it to stand upright.

Made in the workshop of Fabergé's Chief-Jeweller: August Holmström, St. Petersburg, 1886-1887. 

Height 8.2 cm.

Fifty Imperial Easter Eggs were delivered by Carl Fabergé to Emperors Alexander III and Nicholas II from 1885 to 1916. The Third Imperial Easter Egg was until its recent rediscovery among the eight lost Imperial Fabergé Eggs. 

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