Outstanding 19th century masterpieces lead Sotheby’s upcoming Evening sale of Russian Art, including important works by Ivan Shishkin, Nikolai Sverchkov and Vasily Kotarbinsky. From Vasily Vereshchagin’s Balkan series we are delighted to offer The Adjutant (£200,000-300,000) and the exciting 11 foot-long canvas, Transport of the Wounded (£800,000-£1,200,000), both of which were exhibited at his American Art Association exhibition in 1891.
A trio of superb and varied views of Constantinople by Aivazovsky showcase the artist’s lifelong love for the city: The Galata Tower by Moonlight, 1845 (£500,000-700,000) was executed after his first ever trip to Constantinople; Moonrise over the Golden Horn, 1886 (£700,000-900,000) is a mature masterpiece, while the delightful work on panel, Shipping on the Bosphorus, 1900, (£80,000-120,000) is a rare impressionistic view painted at the very end of the artist’s life.
Valentin Serov is among Russia’s foremost portrait painters yet his important oils scarcely ever appear at auction. Portrait of Praskovia Mamontova (£300,000-500,000) is an exceptionally early and exciting portrait of Savva Mamontov’s niece, and comes to sale from a private collection for the first time in almost a century.
20th century highlights include an early work by Wassily Kandinsky, Rapallo-Strasse, 1906 (£150,000-200,000), and the magnificent Russian Winter Carnival by Sergei Sudeikin (£200,000-300,000), previously in the collection of the Russian émigré Broadway producer, Morris Gest. Also fresh to the market are Lado Gudiashvili’s By the Black Stream painted in Paris in 1925 (£600,000-800,000), Alexander Yakovlev’s Banda Woman with Child (£500,000-700,000), and from the important collection of the Moscow millionaire, Nikolai Ryabushinsky (1877-1951), Sotheby’s will offer Martiros Saryan’s 1906 gem, The Poet (£500,000-700,000).
We look forward to seeing you in our New Bond St galleries from Friday 23rd November to see these highlights and other masterpieces from the Important Russian Art sale, which will take place on Monday 26th November.