Among the top lots of this November’s sale of Important Russian Art were Boris Kustodiev’s 1917 Bakhchisarai which sold for £1,258,500 and Pavel Tchelitchew’s Woman at the Window which achieved £362,500.
Black and white reproductions and greyscale exhibition photographs are often the closest we get to lost masterpieces of Russian art. Our forthcoming Evening sale brings a stunning array of paintings into colour for the first time, including superb works by Konstantin Makovsky, Boris Kustodiev, Nikolai Roerich, Kuzma Petrov-Vodkin, Ilya Mashkov and Georgy Nissky. We are delighted to be offering two large-scale views by Ivan Aivazovsky, Venice (1882) and the exceptionally early Moonrise over Ayu Dag (1856), alongside Makovsky’s 6 metre masterpiece Ivan Susanin (1914).
A unique group of 97 sketchbooks by Alexander Yakovlev and a lovely female portrait by Pavel Tchelitchew are among the highlights of works by Russian émigré artists. Three important pieces from the collection of the Union of Artists and a pair of works by Viktor Popkov recently exhibited at Somerset House represent the best of Russian art from the second half of the 20th century.