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Collector Pevzner continues to fight for the painting by Briullov

The complaint of the owner of the painting "Christ in the Tomb" to the presidential Human Rights Council has been accepted and will be considered. Earlier, in April, the verdict of the Supreme Court of Russia was rendered that the painting by Karl Bryullov would be confiscated from the citizens of Germany Alexander and Irina Pevzner, who brought it for examination to the Russian Museum in 2002.They say the likelihood that the owner "can return Bryullov so that he can dispose of him in Russia. For example, sell. And it’s unlikely to take me to Germany. ”Karl Bryullov wrote“ Christ in the tomb ”for the house chapel of Count Adlerberg, the governor-general of Finland. After the murder of Alexander II, the Count went to Germany, taking the picture with him. Many years later, in 2002, the canvas was purchased in Germany by collector Alexander Pevzner with his wife Irina. The low price was due to the absence of the artist's signature. As Alexander Pevzner himself explained, “... I took the risk. I made the agreement so that it came into force only if the authorship of Briullov is recognized by the State Russian Museum. Others did not. ”

Recall, after the importation of the painting, the Russian FSB charged Pevzner with smuggling of valuables on the basis of an inaccurate declaration. The case died down for 8 years, and the picture was kept in the Russian Museum. Pevzner, who during this time spent 30 courts, is sure: the authorities needed not him, but a picture. At the end of 2013, the Vyborg City Court closed the case against Alexander Pevzner due to expiration. The picture was confiscated as an instrument of crime, although the crime itself was not proven. In 2015, after appeals, the decision was made in favor of Pevzner, but permission to export the painting was not given. And in April 2016, the court again decided to confiscate the painting.

More information about the picture, its history and technology of creation, as well as the reasons for the fact that the owner needed the expertise of the Russian Museum in our separate publication. By the way, the issue of attribution has not been clarified completely. But judging by how desperately the Russian Museum fights for “Christ in the tomb,” the banner is more likely to belong to the hand of Karl Bryullov.According to the custodian of the XIX century Grigory Goldovsky, who was responsible for the arrested masterpiece (pictured), the Russian Museum needs to seek the acquisition of a painting from the owner (according to a court decision, its cost is at least 9.4 million rubles, data for the summer of 2014). So, the current state of affairs is as follows: the picture is still kept in the State Russian Museum, and, as Kommersant reports, “the ombudsman for R. F. F. Tatiana Moskalkova and the case law committee of the presidential Human Rights Council (HRO) will conduct an independent examination of the case of con iskatsii arrested in 2003 FSB masterpiece Karl Briullov "Christ in the Sepulcher" by collectors from Germany, Alexander and Irina Pevzner. Human rights activists accepted for consideration their complaint against the decision of the Supreme Court, which recognized without conviction and conviction of Mr. Pevzner guilty of smuggling, and the picture taken from him, claimed by the Russian Museum, is “an instrument of crime”. "