Soviet Realist & Impressionist paintings (1930-1990): a unique selection of original and quality works.

by Boven’s in coop with Douwes Fine Art
December 8, 2016 5:00 PM CET Live auction
Amsterdam, NH, NL | Auction Details

52 Lots

8: Chernyshei, Olga (born in 1972)
Est: €1,400 - €1,900
41: Shteinman, Aniuta
Est: €3,000 - €5,000

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The aspect of 'every day life', illustrated through colourful and emotional paintings, shows the loyalty, temperament and endurance of Russian characteristics: love for life, for the people and their native country!

As early as 1987 Douwes Fine Art from Amsterdam, was one of the first experts to introduce the school of Russian Social Realism and Impressionism to the European art market.

About the art movement of Social Realism, we have been enlightened by art historians like Verne Swanson or Matthew Cullerne Bown, who published several important books on this subject.

The former Soviet Union has always been a melting pot of international 'avant-garde' painters, who participated in art movements like Parisian Cubism, German Expressionism and Italian Futurism.  With their ideals and artistic imagery they became part of socialistic politics, which culminated in the revolutionary outburst in 1917.  However, shortly after Lenin came to power this modern movement, including Malevich' Suprematism, and Tatlin's Constructivism, was abolished.

Gradually, during the 1920s, the new form of art became Social Realism.  This style of painting was allowed to flourish for more than half a century because the Soviet system did not allow foreign influences at any level.  During this period up-and-coming artists were obliged to attend the disciplinary academies of art.  It was clear that artistic survival within the system called for patience and a creative spirit.  

For those who did not want to subject themselves to this communistic atmosphere there was always the escape towards the neutral subject matter of landscapes, portraits, nudes, still-lifes, ballet and genre scenes. In search of their artistic freedom painters realised that an impressionistic brushstroke served their choice of subject matter best. Towards the 1940s and 1950s their palette became more colorful. And the overall subject matter of the easel paintings were always full of humor and human day-to-day realism.

After the liberalisation of the former Soviet Union during the mid 1980s the search for talent and quality amongst the art community was initiated by curious art critics, collectors and museum curators from abroad.  To this first group of connoisseurs it was clear that talent, creativity, imagination and freedom of spirit could not be manipulated by the political system. The heart and soul of a genuine artist can never be defeated.

Formidable collections and exhibitions of Social Realist art have since been initiated in Japan, the USA and Europe. There is a growing public interest and recognition of Social Realism.

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