MacDougall's Russian Art Auctions 1 December 2011

1 Dec 2011

Artist Index / Full Catalogue


Monument to France in Belgrade

* 97. BOGDANOV-BELSKY, NIKOLAI (1868-1945)

Monument to France in Belgrade, signed.

Oil on canvas, 66 by 78 cm.
80,000-120,000 GBP


Authenticity of the work has been confirmed by the expert I. Geraschenko.
Authenticity of the work has also been confirmed by the expert V. Petrov.

Exhibited: Khudozhniki russkoi emigratsii v Tchernogorii, Museum of Podgoritsy, December 2008.
Tchernogoriya. S palitry russkikh khudozhnikov, Embassy of Montenegro in the Russian Federation, Central House of Artists, 21 April-3 May 2009.

Literature: Exhibition catalogue, Khudozhniki russkoi emigratsii v Tchernogorii, Museum of Podgoritsy, 2008, pl. 2, illustrated.
Exhibition catalogue, Tchernogoriya. S palitry russkikh khudozhnikov, Embassy of Montenegro in the Russian Federation, Central House of Artists, 2009, p. 25, illustrated.

The work will be included in the forthcoming monograph on Bogdanov-Belsky being prepared by A. Kouznetsoff.

Nikolai Bogdanov-Belsky is above all famous for his genre scenes. His works are without doubt among the best examples of Russian genre painting of the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Having settled in Latvia, Bogdanov-Belsky continued to paint genre scenes, while regularly executing wonderful landscapes of the countryside and towns. Towards the end of the 1910s, Bogdanov-Belsky’s style changed significantly. His almost academic realism, which he had taken from the Itinerants of the late period, disappeared. He became seriously interested in Post-Impressionism, his colour scheme became more open and vibrant, and his brushstrokes more elongated and abrupt. From now onwards, his paintings were full of sunlight and free from dark umber tones.


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