Record for paintings Makovsky set at the Russian auction in London

The man-in-the-woods game was sold for 4.3 million pounds sterling with an expected 3 million. Another record mark of the auction is the highest amount for paintings of the Georgian primitivist Niko Pirosmani. The work "Georgian Healers" once belonged to the writer Stefan Zweig.The genre scene "The game in the blind man's buff", written by the artist Konstantin Makovsky in the 1890s, became the leader of the sale of "Russian paintings" at Sotheby's in London. The painting, tentatively valued at £ 2–3 million, was sold for 4.3 million ($ 5.5 million). It became not only the most expensive piece of the evening, but also the most expensive painting in the artist's heritage.Photo source: At the end of the 19th century, the idealization of pre-Petrine times became fashionable in Russia. The aristocrats, especially in St. Petersburg, organized costume parties, putting on boyars' kaftans, kokoshniks and leather boots, reminiscent of those that their ancestors wore. At that time, Makovsky performed a series of works on well-known historical themes, as well as images of the rites and traditions of ancient Russia and its poetic nature. In The Hidden-Collarcraft Game, the artist filled the scene with brightly dressed characters, a still life of silver, old furniture, carpets, and lavishly decorated walls. Such wealth was undoubtedly inspired by an extensive personal collection of works of art belonging to the painter.Playing in the blind man's buffoon Konstantin Egorovich Makovsky 1890s, 180 × 235.5 cm Makovsky enthusiastically collected household items, jewelry and costumes, which he used as props in his historical paintings. According to Elena's daughter, he was a true connoisseur of Russian antiques, and never saved on purchases. Items from his collection gave the boyars' scenes not only a sense of luxury, but also realism. He often wrote characters from family members and friends. For example, children in "Hilarok" are strikingly similar to his offspring from a third marriage - with Maria Matavina.
In 1900, the Game of the Silent Duffer was exhibited at the Imperial Academy of Arts, and a year later in the St. Petersburg Society of Artists. In the last picture reproduced in the catalog as one of the main works of Makovsky. The reproduction was also published in the Novoye Vremya newspaper of March 1, 1900, and in 1915 it was published in the weekly magazine Niva as an illustration to the obituary of Makovsky’s tragic and unexpected death (a tram crashed into his crew).

Niko Pirosmani, “Georgian woman in healers” (date unknown). Private collection
The second "hero of the evening" at Sotheby's was Niko Pirosmani. His painting "Georgian Healer" went for 2.2 million pounds (2.8 million dollars), although it was previously estimated at 500-700 thousand. This result also became a world record for the Georgian primitivist.
This portrait has an outstanding history: it belonged to the famous Austrian writer Stefan Zweig. He met with the works of the self-taught artist in 1928, when he arrived in Moscow to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the birth of Leo Tolstoy.

Zweig, being an admirer of Henri Rousseau and primitive art, then bought a “Georgian woman in healers” (the healers are a detail of the Georgian women's headdress, a triangular white tulle veil). The picture hung at his home before emigration from Austria to Brazil in 1934. Then he was the most translatable author of Europe, and his works were available in almost forty languages. After Zweig died in 1942, the painting passed to his first wife, Friederike Maria Zweig, and then she ended up at the Reed Library in New York, where she remained until the current sale.
At the same sale, the preliminary estimates were exceeded: “PortraitPortrait is a realistic genre depicting a person or a group of people who exists in reality. The portrait - in the French reading - portrait, from the old French portraire - "reproduce something line in line." Another facet of the name of the portrait lies in the outdated word "parsuna" - from the Latin. persona - "person; person". Read more girls "Nikolai Feshin (610 thousand pounds sterling or 778 thousand dollars)," Greek woman (portraitPortrait is a realistic genre depicting an actual person or group of people. Portrait - in French reading - portrait, from old French portraire - "reproduce what “The line in the line”. Another side of the name of the portrait is in the obsolete word “parsuna” - from Latin persona - “person; person.” Read more Inna Kostakis ”by Robert Falk (442 thousand pounds sterling or 563.7 thousand dollars) and "Street Scene in Novorossiysk e »Yuri Pimenov (212 thousand pounds sterling or 271 thousand dollars).Portrait of a girlNikolai Ivanovich Feshin1910th, 51.5 × 44.5 cmGreek woman (portrait of Inna Kostakis) Robert Rafailovich Falk1955, 73 × 59.5 cmStreet scene in NovorossiyskYuri Ivanovich Pimenov1929, 70.5 × 52.5 cmA total sale of Russian paintings at Sotheby's brought 13.4 million pounds sterling (17.1 million dollars) with an expected 11.1 million. Art: read us in Telegram and look in Instagram
According to the official website of Sotheby's.