Petr Konchalovsky 'Tatar Still Life' painting stars in Sotheby's Russian art sales

Sotheby's Russian Art Auction in New York this November established the highest price for a painting in any Russian Art sale at Sotheby's worldwide, with the $6.3 million achieved for Natalia Goncharova's Street in Moscow.

Now Sotheby's is offering further rare artworks in its forthcoming Russian Art Sales Series in London.

The Important Russian Art Evening Auction on Monday, 28 November will comprise exceptional paintings by artists including Konstantin Makovsky, Petr Konchalovsky, Konstantin Korovin, Natalia Goncharova and Niko Pirosmani, as well as the superb Collection of Arthur Ferdinand Hamann.

Following this, the Important Private Collection of Works by Alexander Benois on Tuesday, 29 November 2011 is a stand-alone sale of the artist's most outstanding and intimate works.


Petr Konchalovsky Tatar Still Life
Petr Konchalovsky's exceptionally rare Tatar Still Life, dated 1916

In addition, the Paintings and Works of Art, Fabergé & Icons auction on Tuesday and Wednesday, 29 and 30 November 2011 features some spectacular treasures, including several of Imperial provenance.

'The height of artist Konchalovsky's creative output'

Highlights from November 28 include... Petr Konchalovsky's exceptionally rare, pre-revolutionary painting Tatar Still Life, dated 1916 which is estimated at £500,000-700,000.

It first belonged to influential Polish art critic Waldemar George who presented the painting as a wedding gift to Louis Gautier-Chaumet, editor-in-chief of "La Presse" newspaper, where George served as art critic.

The still life was executed at the height of Konchalovsky's creative output, several years after he founded the Jack of Diamonds artists' society, which pioneered the Russian avant-garde.

Konchalovsky and his peers were deeply influenced by the works of Paul Cézanne, and their innovative form of Russian Cézannism finds its most vivid expression in this distinctive work of art.

Watch this space for more news on Sotheby's upcoming sales.

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