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Painting mirrors epoch

Nov 2, 2012 18:55 Moscow Time
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“Life As a Work of Art” – this is how the pre-auction exhibition of MacDougall’s - a privately owned international auction house based in London - is called.

The exposition that opened in the ancient palace of the Zubov family on Taganka Street in Moscow, which is also known as “The Country Estate of the Zubov Family on Taganka Street” and which is now housed by MacDougall’s new office will run from November 2nd to November 4th .

On display there are quite a number of masterpieces providing an insight into the panorama of the Russian painting of the 19th and 20th centuries, including the works of Alexei Savrasov, Russia’s most remarkable landscape painter, the creations of Semiradsky, who became known for his academic style, the works of Konstantin Korovin, a brilliant representative of painters from “The World of Art “ association, the works of a representative of the Russian avant-garde art Goncharova, and of course, the brilliant works of Ivan Aivazovsky who is known as a marine painter. Not one serious auction of Russian painting can do without Aivazovsky’s works, the owner of the MacDougall’s Auction House Ekaterina Macdougall said. As you know, his works are an essential part – to be more exact, golden part, of not only Russian but also world culture. For example, 6 works of Ivan Aivazovsky will be put up for auction at the Macdougall’s trading in London later this month. “A View of Venice. San Giorgio Maggiore”, estimated by experts at 2 million pound sterling, will undoubtedly be a top lot there.

"This is Venice of the 50s of the 19th century. Among those who bought his works were the Pope, Russian tsars, and of course, representatives of the Russian nobility. By the way, speaking about investments in the Russian art, we should mention “A View of Konstantinovo” by Aivazovsky that was sold for more than 5 billion dollars, which is actually a new world record."

Of course, we should mention here not only the record prices but also the successful search of paintings with a very interesting history. For example, MacDougall’s has found several works that took part in the exhibition of the Russian painters in America in 1924, when some works from the offer list were bought by private collectors in America. And now visitors will see them for the first time in many years. One of the participants and even an organizer of the then exhibition was Igor Grabar, who is more known in Russia as a restorer. His painting “Tractor Ploughing in Sovkhoz Gerald” is a document of the then epoch”.

Some other works, put on display at the pre auction exhibition in Moscow, can also be characterized as epochal documents. We should mention here the work of a Russian realist painter Arkhipov, showing the ancient town of Murom – such as it was in the early 20th century, and one of Kustodiyev’s works - “The Yagodka (Berry) Art Café Interior” dating back to the 20s of the 20th century.

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