From 14 to 17 March, Sotheby’s Paris is honoured to present the exhibition La Collection René Guerra ou la peinture de l’âme russe, a beautiful selection of works from the collection of René Guerra. Scholar, CEO and founder of the association La Sauvegarde du Patrimoine Culturel Russe en France, he is the author of more than 300 publications on emigration. René Guerra has dedicated his life to the promotion of Russian art.
The collection tells the story of Russian painters in France from 1920 and 1970, such as Serge Poliakoff, Konstantin Korovin, Boris Koustodiev and Georges Annenkov.
This unique collection demonstrates the abundant and flourishing production of Russian artists in exile. Powerful colours and the striking ardour of Russian emotions are conveyed through their art: “as much as words are tied to a nation, colours are not.” The recurring theme of exile is combined with that of history and folklore depicting the Russian soul, through an array of intelligentsia portraits, theatrical decor, ballet sketches and coloured abstract paintings.
Among the major works in the exhibition, Boris Koustodiev’s Portrait d’Eugène Zamiatine personifies the relationship between Russian artists, writers and intellectuals during the Silver age, between 1900 and 1920.
Serge Poliakoff’s 1941 artwork Le Sacré-Cœur, which features the symbolic French monument painted with a colourful Russian perspective, is also a leading piece in this exhibition.
This exhibition will also feature selected lots from the upcoming Russian art sales, which will take place on 2 and 3 June in London.