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"From Moscow to St. Petersburg" fashion show of Soviet art

April 19 2006

Midway between the two capitals was lost in the Tver land giving them academic. IE Repin. Shelter from the prying eyes of noisy wall of forests and lakes in a cascade of bizarre, this place for over 120 years, is the boundary of inspiration for generations of Russian artists.

Akademichka remembers the sound of unhurried steps, Ilya Repin, a solid voice of Sergei Gerasimov, rare visits Arcadia Plastov, the first works of Vladimir Gavrilov, the genius of Nikita Fedosov. Also at this famous cottage came very young Tkachev brothers. This place and united these artists, whose works were displayed at the exhibition "From Moscow to St. Petersburg, organized by Russian art gallery.

Often the picture is accused of what goes through these paintings in private collections. However, this phenomenon can be seen as positive because the private collector is always ready to give a picture at a particular exhibition.

After the exhibition, Russian Art Gallery held an auction, when there were one hundred lots in the price range from 500 to 50 000 USD It is symbolic that the picture of the Soviet period were sold in the same historic hotel "Soviet". All guests of the auction were able to not only participate in it, but found a curious and little known facts from the lives of Soviet artists. Visitors remembered the taste of almost forgotten Soviet sweets, lemonade, stewed fruit, and, of course, "Soviet Champagne".

One of the ornaments of the exhibition was a sketch for the painting "The window" of Fedor Reshetnikov. His name has also been glorified all over the Soviet Soyuz picture "Again the deuce!". Interesting was the appearance at the exhibition of works by Mikhail Anikeeva - an artist whose paintings were used as illustrations for the book of Leonid Brezhnev's "virgin lands".

St. Petersburg (Leningrad), the school was represented by such outstanding artists as: Vyacheslav Zagonek, Anatoly Levitin, Leah Islands and Peter Fomin. Many of these artists have long been at the State Russian Museum and Tretyakov Gallery.

These artists are officially recognized masters. They received orders from the government. Therefore, in their paintings primarily affected everyday life of the Soviet era. Now the country is experiencing at this period of nostalgia. In a fashion such subjects as cleaning potatoes, mowers, beach sketches - in short, everything that we are so familiar.

It is no secret that the interest in the art of the Soviet period is growing rapidly among both collectors and among those who understand that the contribution to modern art a positive impact on their image and can bring both financial and intellectual dividends. We are witnessing an increasingly significant rise in prices was in the works of Russian and Soviet artists, including those who remained in the shadow of recognized luminaries of art. This is evidenced by the fact, dividends from investments yield 40 percent, comparable to the real estate market.

Among collectors there are those who take pictures for the sake of fashion, thus formalizing their cottages. Nevertheless, there is another category of buyers, which in addition to money has a very high level of education. They collect purposefully.

Top-end works include paintings Arcadia Plastov at prices ranging from 44,000 to 46,000 $. To date, Moscow has 15 collectors who can afford to pay so much money. Interestingly, among them there are representatives of show business - Dmitry Malikov and Lev Leshchenko.

Anastasia Kudinov


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