In the Russian paintings sale on Tuesday 4th June we are privileged to offer an exceptional group of Ballet Russes designs from the important Carr Doughty collection, emerging now for the first time in over 25 years. The group includes a vibrant work by Mikhail Larionov, exhibited at the National Gallery in London in 1943, alongside pieces by Natalia Goncharova, Alexander Benois and Leon Bakst.
We are also delighted to offer an outstanding group of nonconformist works from a private collection, chief among them being Vladimir Weisberg’s Portrait of the Student Yudin (£50,000-70,000) and Erik Bulatov’s The Entrance, A Study (£50,000-70,000).
Twentieth century highlights include two monumental canvases: Back from the Fields (50,000-70,000) by Vladimir Kuznetsov, whose works hang in the State Russian Museum, St. Petersburg, and the joyfulSardana (£50,000-70,000), by émigré artist Olga Sacharoff, exhibited in 1960 in Madrid. Other outstanding works are: Alexandra Exter’s Still-life with Pears (£30,000-50,000), a gift from the artist to the family of the current owners; a lovely group of paintings by Sergei Sudeikin exhibiting his trademark style; and a celebrated Portrait of Anna Akhmatova (£150,000-200,000) by Yuri Annenkov, which the artist kept in his study for over forty years.
Amongst the many fine nineteenth century works in the sale are paintings by Ilya Repin, Ivan Aivazovsky and Konstantin Makovsky. Nine views of the Imperial Visit to Novocherkask, 1872 (£150,000-200,000) by Nikolai Bogdanov are particularly rare and depict Alexander III’s stay in the city. A Portrait of Alexander I(£60,000-80,000) by George Dawe RA is another highlight, having remained in the same family since the 1820s when it was received as a gift by the French Ambassador in St. Petersburg.