A Russian art show of some of the best-known Russian artists from the 19th and 20th centuries began at Sotheby's on Friday, led by an important still life by Kuzma Petrov-Vodkin
MOSCOW (Pakistan Point News / Sputnik - 26th November, 2021) A Russian art show of some of the best-known Russian artists from the 19th and 20th centuries began at Sotheby's on Friday, led by an important still life by Kuzma Petrov-Vodkin.
"'Still Life with Apples' anticipates all of Petrov-Vodkin's major artistic achievements and is of considerable art historical importance," the auction house said in a pre-sale statement.
The still from 1912 was painted at the same time as his celebrated masterpiece "Bathing of a Red Horse." A sketch of a horse head visible in the still's background is a direct reference to what is now one of the most recognizable images in Russian art.
Other Russian pictures up for grabs are a pair of southern Italian views by Ivan Aivazovsky and two historical masterpieces: Ilya Repin's "The Solar Eclipse of 1887, Mendeleev in his Hot-Air Balloon" and Petr Sokolov's "The Borki Train Disaster."
The 1887 hot-air balloon scene captures the moment when Dmitri Mendeleev, a Russian scientist best known for formulating the periodic table, ascended in a hot-air balloon in an attempt to observe a solar eclipse.
The train wreck scene from 1888 details the direct aftermath of a deadly crash of an Imperial train carrying Alexander III and his family near Kharkov. The derailment claimed more than 20 lives but the royal family survived.