Post-War and Contemporary Russian Art from a Private Collection

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Post-War and Contemporary Russian Art from a Private Collection


Post-War and Contemporary Russian Art from a Private Collection
Auction: Wed 1 Dec 2021
Mon-Fri 10am-5pm


Sotheby’s is delighted to present one of the most impressive private collections of Post-War and Contemporary Russian Art ever to appear at auction. Put together with a focus on quality, importance and rarity, the sale includes paintings by the most important representatives of the various non-official art movements that existed in the Soviet Union, often referred to as the Soviet non-conformists or the second Russian avant-garde. Many of the works in the collection are from the artists’ most collectible periods and have not appeared on the market for over a decade.


The star piece of the sale is Erik Bulatov’s large oil Sky and Sea from 1985, with impeccable provenance and impressive exhibition history. Other highlights include a group of paintings by Ivan Chuikov and several impressive works by Oleg Tselkov spanning four decades, including an exceedingly rare oil from 1957, Boy with Balloons. Ilya Kabakov, the leading conceptual artist, is represented by two important works, a 1988 installation The Composer and the iconic The Flying Komarov album from his renowned Ten Characters series. The sale further includes works by Oscar Rabin, Dmitry Krasnopevtsev, Vladimir Weisberg, Francisco Infante, Oleg Vassiliev, Semyon Faibisovich, Vladimir Yankilevsky, Evgeny Rukhin, Dmitry Plavinsky and Eduard Gorokhovsky.


For assistance with bidding and registration, please contact:


+44 207 293 5000


For sale enquiries please contact:


Reto Barmettler


Head of Department, London

Russian Pictures

+44 20 7293 5673



Ieva Mikutaviciute

Senior Cataloguer

Russian Pictures

+44 207 293 5677



Sofia Gurevich


Russian Pictures

+44 207 293 5565



Wladimir Witkowsky


Russian Art

+1 212 606 7150



Katja Alekseeva


Russian Pictures

+44 207 293 5370



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