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Deineka painting for $ 5.95 million will be the leader of the sale of Sotheby's "Art of the Soviet Union"

A large-scale canvas by Alexander Deineka “Miner” with a unique history will be the “star” of the auction, which Sotheby's auction house is preparing to hold at the end of November 2017 in London. The painting, dated 1925, is one of the best works of the artist, remaining in private hands. Her appearance on the podium will be rare for collectors of works of that period the opportunity to purchase a significant exhibit.True, this picture will not be affordable for everyone, because its preliminary cost ranges from 3.5 to 4.5 million pounds sterling (4.63 - 5.95 million dollars). The grand sale of works of Soviet art is dedicated to the 100th anniversary of the October Revolution. Connoisseurs will be offered works from the first years of the formation of the Soviet Union and 1991, created in different styles and genres - from campaign posters and canvases of social realism to underground art and romantic landscapes or still lifes.

The “miner” put up for auction is a fragment of a larger “In the mine” canvas, created at the same time as Deineka's famous masterpiece “Before going down into the mine”. Both works were written after the artist’s trip to the Donbass on the instructions of the periodical “The Atheist at the Machine”.
"" In the mine "and" Before descending into the mine "- huge canvases for that time, solved almost in black and white, with a slight addition of red ocher, I tried to convey the rhythm, the solemnly tense state of work or the expectation of it", - wrote the artist in 1961.
The canvas "In the Face" was the exhibit of the first exhibition of the Society of Artists-Easel Artists (EAST), held in Moscow in 1925. Why after such a successful opening day Deinek decided to share the original composition is unknown. Of the three miners working in a limited and dimly lit space, only the left figure has survived. This fragment, now known as the “Miner,” the artist left in his workshop and at the end of his life presented a colleague to Nikolai Ponomarev. The heirs of the latter sold the canvas to American collector Raymond Johnson, who in 2002 became a co-founder of the Museum of Russian Art in Minneapolis. In the meeting of this connoisseur the work of Alexander Deineka was until now.
Left: Alexander Deineka, Miner (1925). Private collection

"Miner" - the only lot in the list of Sotheby's, whose estimate exceeds one million. All other works are rated much lower. So, for the next picture at the cost - “Party meeting at the factory” (1933) of Georgiy Rublev from the collection of the same Raymond Johnson - auctioneers are planning to help out 400-600 thousand pounds sterling (530-794 thousand dollars). This is the most important work of the artist, which has ever been put up for public auction.The party meeting at the factory, Georgy Iosifovich Rublev, 1933, 160 × 200 cm. Rublev, whose career peak was in 1920–1930, was later almost forgotten until the exhibition in 1990, and then a grand retrospective in 2002, organized in the Tretyakov Gallery. For his work with color, he was called the “Russian Matisse”. It belongs to the first generation of Russian neo-primitivists along with Mikhail Larionov.Flower Still LifeAlexander Mikhailovich Gerasimov1935, 99.5 × 118 cmOn one more work from the Johnson collection, “Flower Still Life” by Alexander Gerasimov, created in 1935, will be on sale. Evaluation picture - 250 - 350 thousand pounds (330 - 460 thousand dollars). The painter, known for his official portraits of Soviet leaders, often painted still lifes, claiming that they "cleanse" the artist's eyes. In this composition, the influence of the teacher Gerasimov, a leading Russian impressionist Konstantin Korovin, whom the former student admired throughout his career, is noticeable.Collective farm herd / Stalin and Voroshilov in the Kremlin Alexander Mikhailovich Gerasimov1959, 123.5 × 187 cm Fans of monumental art of the Soviet period will be able to get another work of Gerasimov - “Collective farm”. It was written on top of one of the versions of his famous composition Stalin and Voroshilov in the Kremlin (1938). The Stalinist Velasquez created the genre scene at the end of the 1950s, when after the death of Stalin and the dethronement of the personality cult, portraits of the former leader were no longer in demand. A preliminary estimate of the canvas, from which the lower fragment is partially cut off, amounts to 80 - 120 thousand pounds sterling (106 - 159 thousand dollars).

Most of the most expensive works put up for auction are related to Soviet propaganda. Nevertheless, art lovers will be able to purchase paintings without ideological coloring.
One of such works is "Spring" (1974) by Leonid Kabachek with a preliminary estimate of 40 - 60 thousand pounds sterling (53 - 79 thousand dollars). In 1975, it was bought by the director of the Tokyo-based Gekkoso Gallery Yoko Nakamura. Now, along with this genre composition, the gallery sells at auction five more works by Soviet artists.
Left: Leonid Kabachek, "Spring" (1974). Gekkoso Gallery, Tokyo

Erik Bulatov's painting “Farewell to Lenin” (1991) from the New York-based Phyllis Kind Gallery, tentatively valued at 200–300 thousand pounds sterling (265–397 thousand dollars) The art sale of the Soviet Union will be held in London on November 28. Arthive: read us in the Telegram and look in Instagram On the materials of the official site of the auction house Sotheby's