The avant-garde collection which led the sale sold for over £11.5m on a low estimate of £3.4m, bringing the evening's total to £18,291,150. Among the top lots were Aristarkh Lentulov's Children with Parasols and Kazimir Malevich's Head of a Peasant, both achieving £2,098,500 - over three times their low estimates. Georgy Nissky's Over the Snowy Fields sold for £1,762,500 - a new auction record for a post-war Soviet painting.
This sale includes iconic Soviet paintings from the collection of the International Confederation of Artists’ Unions, the successor organisation of the Union of Artists of the USSR. The group includes museum-quality works by Alexander Deineka, Yuri Pimenov and Georgy Nissky, all of which were acquired directly from the artists and are appearing on the market for the first time.
A private collection of eleven early 20th-century Russian paintings provides an exceptional overview of the artistic movements that flourished in Russia in the 1910s and 1920s. Among the highlights is Mikhail Larionov’s Neo-primitivist masterpiece Kneading Dough, which is without doubt among the most significant works by the artist ever to appear at auction. The group further includes Aristarkh Lentulov’s Children with Umbrellas from the artist’s early Jack of Diamonds’ period, as well as Kazimir Malevich’s striking Head of Peasant.