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Lot 1: A RUSSIAN PAINTING OF INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL BY SERGEEVA, CIRCA 1950S
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NINA SERGEEVA (UKRAINIAN 1921-1994), International Festival Celebration, circa 1950s, oil on board, 23 x 17 1/2 in (58 x 45 cm), initialed lower left, framed
Nina Sergeeva studied in the Kharkov Art Institute under the tutelage of C.M. Prokhorov, N.C. Samokish. With seven years of intense training Nina was accepted into the Moscow International Art Institute (now a part of the Surikov) where she studied with Surikov, S.E. Dudnika, and Igor Grabar, who was her greatest influence and mentor. Her diploma works Young Figurists are now in the permanent collection at the Museum of Academic Arts in St. Petersburg. In 1951 Nina Sergeeva became a member of the Moscow Artists' Union and in 1954 a member of the All Soviet Artists' Union. From 1954 until 1963 she concentrated on perfecting her skills and developing her own unique style. She exhibited often during these years and won the Young Artist Award several years in a row. Nina's first opportunity to participate in a major All Soviet exhibition came in 1957 when she was invited to exhibit in the Forty Years of the Great Socialist Revolution. The painting that she exhibited Festival Song is now in the collection of the Fine Arts Museum in Arkangelsk. In 1970 she was invited to participate in the All Soviet exhibition 100 Years of V.E. Lenin.From 1974 to 1984 she was the head of the Moscow Artists Union's Committee for the Development of Art and Culture in the Provinces. While holding this position she organized and participated in numerous exhibitions in Moscow, Volgograd, Arkangelsk and many other regions of Russia. Nina was one of the few artists to be allowed to travel outside the Soviet Union during the days of Communism. In 1975 she traveled to France. She was a huge success and has regularly exhibited there since. She organized and participated in the major Moscow exhibition "The Land and the People" in 1985. For this she was given the Golden Palette Award for her devotion to the cultural enrichment of the Soviet Union. In 1986-87 she participated in an exhibition organized by the Moscow Artists' Union that subsequently traveled to Belarus, France, Italy, Belgium and Japan. At this time she became an important organizer of the cultural exchange between the Soviet Union and France. She is regularly exhibited in Paris at the Gallery Natalie Boldyreff. In 1989 Sergeeva had four personal exhibitions: Moscow, Norelsk, Donetsk, and Kramatorsk. In this same year she named one of the Soviet Union's top 40 artists. Nina Sergeeva is an Honored Artist and a People's Artist of Russia. She is represented by a major gallery in Moscow and in March 2001 she was included in the Moscow Salon Show of Art and Antiques. She was the only living Russian artist to be included in this exhibition.