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Auction Description for Shapiro Auctions LLC: Discover Soviet Art & Books at Shapiro Auctions: No Reserve Lots of Drawings, Rare Books and Early Soviet Paintings

Discover Soviet Art & Books at Shapiro Auctions: No Reserve Lots of Drawings, Rare Books and Early Soviet Paintings (200 Lots)

by Shapiro Auctions LLC


200 lots with images

October 30, 2016

Timed Auction

New York, NY, USA

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A RUSSIAN PAINTING OF INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL BY SERGEEVA, CIRCA 1950S

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Description: 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 LOT NOTESNina 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.

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TWO COSTUME DESIGNS FOR THE MIRACLE OF THEOPHILUS BY BILIBIN, 1907

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Description: IVAN BILIBIN (RUSSIAN 1876-1942), The Miracle of Theophilus comprised: 1.Teofil', 1907, gouache on paper, 22.5 x 11 cm (8-7/8 x 4-3/8 in), initialed and dated lower right, bottom and upper center 2. Sluzhitel' Kardinala, gouache on paper, 22.5 x 14.3 cm (8-7/8 x 5-5/8 in), titled on the bottom.LOT NOTESLe Miracle de Theophile (The Miracle of Theophilus) is a thirteenth-century miracle play written in Langues d'oil, circa 1261 by the trouvre Rutebeuf. The play is a religious drama, drawn from traditional accounts of the lives of the Saints and the Blessed Virgin Mary. In the play, Theophile sells his soul to the Devil. Overcome by remorse, he prays to the Virgin Mary, who delivers him from the cursed pact. The play refers to the legendary history of St. Theophilus of Adana, who according to traditional saints' legends made a pact with the Devil and repented of it.This play is the original source of an influential invocation to the Devil (in an unknown language). The original text from the French play is given to the character Salatin-apparently a version of Saladin , who in this play is labelled a sorcerer.

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AN ORIGINAL WATERCOLOR BY IVAN KLIUN, 1923, IN A RARE RUSSIAN CONSTRUCTIVIST BOOK

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Description: BUKA RUSSKOY LITERATURY (The Bogeyman of Russian Literature). First Edition. Moscow, 1923. Text in Russian, 185 140 mm. Collection of articles by S. Tretyakov, D. Burliuk, T. Tolstaya & S. Rafalovich on Aleksey Kruchenykh. Cover by Natalia Nagorskaya, illustrations by Ivan Kliun. With one original watercolor by I. Kliun. PROVENANCEThis copy belonged to an editor E. Povolotskaya (Plakat IZOGIZ, 1930's). LOT NOTES Klyun Ivan Vasilievich (1873 - 1943) was a famous artist of Russian Avant-garde. He was born in Kiev. Studied in Warsaw and Kiev in 1890s; at studio schools of F. I. Rerberg, I.I. Mashkov and Bolshakov. Member of Moscow Salon 1910-1916; SUPREMUS 1916; Moscow InKhuk from 1920; Academy of Artistic Sciences; OSt from 1925. He was the follower of K. Malevich.

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A RUSSIAN PAINTING OF KREMLIN BY GRIGORIEV, 1927

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Description: VASILY IVANOVICH GRIGORIEV (RUSSIAN 1895-1982), Moscow Kremlin, 1927, oil on unstreched canvas, 19 x 43 in (48 x 109 cm), signed dated lower right, plate with title and address on verso.

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A RUSSIAN ABSTRACT PAINTING BY KONDRATIEV, 1969

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Description: PAVEL KONDRATIEV (RUSSIAN 1902-1985), Analytical Composition, 1969, oil on cardboard, 19 3/4 x 13 3/4 in (50 x 35 cm), signed and dated on verso LOT NOTESKondratiev was a painter, graphic artist. Born in the family of Mikhail Kondratiev in Saratov (1902). Studied at the IZO Proletcult studio in Saratov and curated the Rybinsk Museum of History and Art (1920). Studied under Alexander Savinov, Alexei Karev, Mikhail Matiushin and Arkady Rylov at the Academy of Arts/VKhUTEIN in Petrograd (1921-19“25) and under Pavel Filonov (from 1925). Member of the Masters of Analytical Art (1925-19“29), helped to paint a panel for their exhibition at the House of Printing (1927). Studied under Kazimir Malevich (1932-19“35) and then studied Malevichas system with the assistance of Lev Yudin, Konstantin Rozhdestvensky and Nikolai Suetin (from 1935). Illustrated books and decorated streets (1930s). Served alongside Eduard Krimmer as head of the camouflage service at the eighth air base of the Baltic Fleet during the Second World War (1941-1945). Worked in book graphic art (after 1945). Visited Chukotka (1953). Collaborated with Vladimir Sterligov and Tatyana Glebova (1960s). Died in Leningrad (1985). Contributed to exhibitions (from 1927), including a one-man show at the House of Writers in Leningrad (1981).

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A RARE BOOK IN HEBREW ON PASTERNAK, 1924

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Description: L. PASTERNAK. His Life and Work. Warsaw (Berlin Branch): The Stybel Publishing House, 1924. Artist: Leonid Pasternak. Authors: Hayyim Nahman Byalik and Dr. Max Osborn. Text in Hebrew, title pages in Hebrew and English, captions in Hebrew, English and Russian; folio (250 x 320 mm), publisher's full cloth, gilt lettering and medallions on front and rear boards. Illustrated throughout with over 100 exquisite full-page reproductions of Pasternak's work on heavy rag (drawings) and glossy (paintings) stock. Edition of 500. LOT NOTES Leonid Pasternak (1862-1945) was a Russian post-impressionist painter. He was the father of the poet and novelist Boris Pasternak. The start of his career was very successful. His first exhibited painting was bought by Pavel Tretyakov, the most important art sponsor in Russia of the time. He soon became a popular painter, a member of the so-calledPolenov circle, that included Valentin Serov, Isaac Levitan, Mikhail Nesterov, Konstantin Korovin. Leonid Pasternak was one of the first Russian painters who labeled himself an Impressionist. In Russia in the 1880s and 1890s such a proclamation was novel enough to draw attention to an artist. Leonid also was a member of the Peredvizhniki and Union of Russian Artists movements. He was a friend of Leo Tolstoy, for months lived in Yasnaya Polyana, and painted many portraits of the great writer, also illustrating his novels War and Peace and Resurrection.

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A RUSSIAN PAINTING OF A MEN BY GERASIMOV, CIRCA 1950S

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Description: SERGEI GERASIMOV (RUSSIAN 1885-1964), A Peasant, circa 1940s, oil on board, 18 1/2 x 13 in (46.5 x 33 cm), certified by Gerasimov's son on verso in 1973. LOT NOTESGerasimov Sergei was born in Mozhaisk, Moscow. He studied at Stroganov Collegein 1901-07; Moscow College of Painting, Sculpture and Architecture in 1907-12. He was active in Moscow. He was a member of Makovets; OMKh; AKhR. He exhibited with World of Art in 1921. His important shows include "First Russian Art Exhibition", Berlin, 1922; "Anti-Imperialist Exhibition", Moscow, 1931; "Soviet Russia", Moscow, 1960. He specialized in landscapes, thematic paintings. His well-known works include The Oath of the Siberian Partisans; Collective-Farm Festival (Tretyakov Gallery). He taught at art school of I.D. Sytin Co. printing works in Moscow; Moscow VKhuTeMas/VKhuTeIn, Moscow Polygraphic Institute; Surikov Institute. He was the chairman of Moscow Artists` Union during Stalin`s years. He became a Soviet academician in 1947. Gerasimov was also a book illustrator. He decorated festivals in Moscow in 1918. He was a leading "liberal" member of Stalin`s arts establishment. He was the author of Ob Iskusstve (Moscow, 1973).

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A RUSSIAN ORIGINAL DESIGN FOR COMMERCIAL POSTER BY KUZGINOV, 1950

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Description: SERGEY SAKHAROV (RUSSIAN 1906-1969) AND KONSTANTIN KUZGINOV (RUSSIAN (1913-?) YA YEM ETI KONSERVY [I Eat These Canned Goods]. Original design for commercial poster advertising canned cod's liver "Golden Fish", watercolor and gouache on paper, 28 1/2 x 20 in (72.5 x 51 cm)

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A RARE RUSSIAN BOOK BY EVEREINOV ILLUSTRATED BY KUBIN AND ANNENKOV, 1917

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Description: TEATR DLIA SEBIA (Theater for Oneself). In three volumes. First Edition. Petrograd: Butkovskaya, 1915-1917. All three volumes published. Author: Nikolai Yevreinov. Artists: Nikolay Kulbin and Yury Annenkov. Text in Russian, 220 x 170 mm, softcovers, vol. 2 in library binding. 208, 110, 233 pp. Illustrations b/w and in color (Cubo-Futurism). Author's catalogues. Volume 2 is ex-library copy bound without covers. Copies of this book were systematically withdrawn from libraries and bookshops and destroyed by the order of Soviet government. (Collated List of Books to Be Withdrawn from Libraries and Book Trading Network, page 113.)LITERATUREMOMA Cat. No. 97, Getty Cat. No. 185, British Library Cat. No. 107.

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A RUSSIAN PAINTING OF A TEA CEREMONY BY RAUBE-GORCHILINA, 1938

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Description: MARIA RAUBE-GORCHILINA (RUSSIAN 1900-1973), Tea Ceremony in Krylatskoye, 1938, oil on unstretched and unframed canvas, 15 5/8 x 19 1/4 in (39 1/2 x 48 cm), signed lower left and certified on verso. LOT NOTESRaube-Gorchilina began her art studies at the Moscow school of painting, sculpturing and architecture in 1917. In 1920 she married sculptor L. Gorchilin. In 1930`s she worked as the designer of exhibitions and created new fabrics` patterns. In 1930 she became the member of Vsekokhudozhnik. During 1935 she worked as the decorator of films in Detfilm, from 1939 until 1941; as the designer at Exhibition of achievements of a national economy (VDNKh). Since 1947 she worked at Mosfilm and at VDNKh as the master of stained-glass windows. In 1953-1957 she worked at a Glass factory as the designer and created watercolors and monotypes.

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A RUSSIAN DRAWING OF A RED PATRONAGE BY VIALOV, CIRCA 1930

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Description: KONSTANTIN ALEKSANDROVICH VIALOV (RUSSIAN 1900-1976) Red Patronage, circa 1930s, pencil and gouache on cardboard, 17 1/8 x 13 1/2 in (43.5 x 34.5 cm).LITERATUREL. A. Block (editor in chief), Soviet Travel, Volga Number, (Moscow: United Magazines and Newspapers, 1939), issue 3, p. 26PROVENANCEElena Mel'nikova (the artist's widow), 1980 LOT NOTESVialov was a well-known Russian Soviet Avant-garde painter, graphic and theater artist. Studied at VKhUTEMAS from Kandinsky, Lentulov, Morgunov and Shterenberg. He was one of senior members of the famous OST group with Alexander Deineka (Deyneka), Yury Pimenov, Alexander Tyshler, Andrey Goncharov, David Shterenberg and others. In theater Vialov worked with a famous producer Vsevolod Meyerhold. He exhibited in numerous exhibitions: 1923 (Moscow) with Popova, Rodchenko, Exter; 1924 (Moscow) with Stenberg; 1925 (Paris) with Altman, Kandinsky, Mayakovsky, Stepanova; 1927 (Leipzig) with Lissitzky; 1930 (Moscow) with Malevich, etc. His wife Elena Konstantinovna Melnikova was also a painter, member of OST. Vialov's works are in many museums including the Tretyakov Gallery, The Russian Museum, and private collections including Sammlung Ludwig. Early draft for his notable painting Red Patronage that was exhibited in 1932 at Biennale in Venice.

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A RUSSIAN ILLUSTRATED BOOK BY MAYAKOVSKY, 1938

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Description: GROZNY SMEKH. OKNA SATIRY ROSTA (Dread Laugh. Satirical ROSTA Windows). First Edition. Mocow-Leningrad: Iskusstvo, 1938. Poster art and text by Vladimir Mayakovskiy; book compiler: Victor Duvakin; editor: Vasily Katanian; album artist: Nikolay Denisovskiy. Text in Russian, folio (300 x 230 mm), half-cloth album, 125 sheets. Illustrated throughout (b/w and color). Loosely inserted two cloth-backed stapled large size booklets with text of the posters and commentaries to them.PROVENANCEFrom the library of the author Victor Duvakin with his name inscribed on flyleaf.LOT NOTES Vladimir Mayakovsky (1893-1930) was a famous Russian Soviet poet, playwright, artist, and actor. During his early, pre-Revolution period leading into 1917, Mayakovsky became renowned as a prominent figure of the Russian Futurist movement; being among the signers of the Futurist manifesto, A Slap in the Face of Public Taste (1913), and authoring poems such as A Cloud in Trousers (1915) and Backbone Flute (1916). Mayakovsky produced a large and diverse body of work during the course of his career: he wrote poems, wrote and directed plays, appeared in films, edited the art journal LEF, and created agitprop posters in support of the Communist Party during the Russian Civil War. In 1930 Mayakovsky committed suicide.

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A RUSSIAN PAINTING OF HOLIDAY IN ARTEK BY BASOV, 1951

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Description: ALEKSANDR GRIGOREVICH BASOV (RUSSIAN 1918-1980), Holiday in Artek, 1951, oil on unstretched canvas, 39 1/2 x 73 1/2 in ( 100 1/2 x 187 cm), inscribed and dated on verso. LOT NOTESBasov was born in Elma, Vologda pr., 1918. He studied at Ryazan Art College until 1948. Basov taught at intermediate school 1947-57. This particular painting represents very well the spirit of the Soviet epoch`s enthusiasm and optimism about future. It depicts the celebratory dance performance in Artek, a famed children`s camp in Crimea, which would host children from various Soviet Republics and it was considered a big privilege to attend it. The dance is the traditional Ukrainian one, which is also accompanied by the musicians playing a traditional Ukrainian instrument - bandura. Cypress trees and the Black Sea in the background reconfirm the fact that the depicted scene takes place in Crimea.

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ABSTRACT COMPOSITION BY TARKHANOV, 1929

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Description: MIKHAIL TARKHANOV (RUSSIAN 1888-1962), Abstract Composition, 1929, starch with pigment on paper, 10 1/2 x 14 in (27 x 36 cm), signed dated on versoPROVENANCEArtist's estateLOT NOTES Mikhail Tarkhanov (1888-1962) was a Russian avant-garde graphic artist known for his abstract, water-based textured compositions. He graduated from the Stroganov Moscow State University of Arts and Industry in 1915, later enrolling at VKhUTEMAS, where he studied under Vasili Kandinsky and Vladimir Favorsky. From 1932 until his death, the exhibition of abstract art was banned, so he secretly pursued his abstract work while working officially for various Soviet institutions. He was able to exhibit his beautiful, unique compositions only a handful of times from 1919 to 1931, alongside artists such as Natan Altman, El Lissitzky, Kazimir Malevich, and Alexander Rodchenko. Much of his oeuvre has remained unseen until the present. Tarkhanov`s works are included in the permanent collections of the Tretyakov Gallery, the Russian Museum, the Pushkin Museum of Fine Arts, and at the Getty Center. This particular work was exibited at Tarkhanov's first retrospective in New York, as well as one of the first exhibitions of the artist's work since 1932, in New York City, Shapiro Auctions Gallery, July 28th to August 5th, 2016.

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A RARE VINTAGE PHOTOGRAPH OF STANISLAVSKY, CIRCA 1930S

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Description: KONSTANTIN STANISLAVSKY (RUSSIAN 1863-1938), photographer G. Kirillov, K. Stanislavski, circa 1930s, vintage photograph, 9 x 6 3/4 in (24 x 17 cm), signed and titled on the mat. LOT NOTESKonstantin Stanislavsky was a seminal Russian theatre practitioner. He was widely recognised as an outstanding character actor and the many productions that he directed garnered a reputation as one of the leading theatre directors of his generation. His principal fame and influence, however, rests on his system of actor training, preparation, and rehearsal technique.

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A RUSSIAN PAINTING OF A GIRL BY SERGEEVA, 195

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Description: NINA SERGEEVA (UKRAINIAN 1921-1994), Youth, 1955, oil on board, 26 1/2 x 19 1/2 in (69 x 49 cm), signed lower left, dated and titled on vesro LOT NOTESNina 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 Communi.

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A RUSSIAN BOOK WITH AVANT-GARDE COVER DESIGN BY LOZOVSKIY, 1928

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Description: BLOKHI - VSE ZHE BLOKHI (Fleas Will Be Fleas) Moscow: ZiF, 1928. Avant-garde cover by Lev Lozovskiy. Text in Russian, 210 x 140 mm, softcover. 150, (1) pp. . Edition of 5000. LITERATUREVladimir Krichevskiy Oblozhki, (Moscow: Samolet, 2002), p.146

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A RUSSIAN DRAWING OF ARTISTS BY LAKTIONOV, 1941

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Description: ALEXANDER LAKTIONOV (RUSSIAN 910-1972), The Artists, 1941, ink on paper, 12 1/8 x 8 1/2 in (31 x 21.5 cm), initialed, dated and titled lower rightPROVENANCEArtits's family

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A RUSSIAN PAINTING OF A YOUNG FIGURIST BY SERGEEVA,  1952

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Description: NINA SERGEEVA (UKRAINIAN 1921-1994), Before the Tournament, 1952, oil on board, 27 1/4 x 19 1/4 in (69 x 49 cm), signed lower left, dated and titled on vesro LOT NOTESNina 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 Communi.

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A RUSSIAN LITHOGRAPH BY CHEKRYGIN, CIRCA 1920S

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Description: VASILIY CHEKRYGIN (RUSSIAN 1897-1922), Trees at the Dusk , circa 1920s, lithograph, 6 x 8 in (15 x 20.5 cm), signed in plate PROVENANCEFrom Nikolay Khardjiev, a famous literary and art critic and historian, authority in Russian Avant-garde art and literature. LOT NOTESVasiliy Chekrygin was a graphic artist, engraver, painter, teacher. He studied at the school of icon-painting at the Kiev Monastery of the Caves and at the Moscow School of Painting, Sculpture and Architecture (1910-1914), where his exceptional talents won him a Levitan scholarship. Chekrygin illustrated some poems of Vladimir Mayakovsky, his very close friend. He taught at the Sokolniki House of Arts (1918) and a printing studio (1921). Influenced by Nikolai Fyodorov Philosophy of the Common Task, particularly his ideas of immortality and revival of the dead, which formed the basis for his Resurrection cycle of drawings. Chekrygin was a founding member of the Makovets group in 1922. He was killed by a train at Mamontovka station near Moscow in 1922 at the age of 25.

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A SOVIET PHOTO ALBUM ON CHINA, 1955

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Description: STO DNEY V KITAE (One Hundred Days in China). Photo-album. First Edition. Moscow: Pravda, 1955. Photos by Dmitry Baltermantz. Text in Russian, 340 x 255 mm, cloth decorated in gilt to front; illustrated throughout with photographs. Ex-library copy.

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A SOVIET PAINTING OF LENIN WITH KIDS BY KOSTINSKY, CIRCA 1950S

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Description: PETR IVANOVICH KOSTINSKY (RUSSIAN 1916-2003), Lenin with Krupskaya and Peasant Children, circa 1950s, oil on cardboard, 19 7/8 x 27 3/8 in ( 50 1/2 x 69 1/2 cm), inscribed and signed on verso. LOT NOTESKostinsky was a Russian Soviet painter. He was a chief artist at the Central Museum of the USSR Armed Forces.

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A RUSSIAN CHILDREN'S BOOK ILLUSTATED WITH LITHOGRAPS BY LESKOV, 1932

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Description: OCHAROVANNY STRANNIK (The Enchanted Wanderer). Moscow-Leningrad: Academia, 1932. Author: Nikolai Leskov (1831-1895). 14 Lithographs by Nikolay Rosenfel'd. Text in Russian, 225 x 180 mm, hardcover. Illustrated with color lithographs. Edition of 4250

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A RUSSIAN PAINTING OF A FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL BY TARAKANOV, CIRCA 1930S

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Description: LAVR IVANOVICH TARAKANOV (RUSSIAN 1905-1988), First Day of School, circa 1940s, oil on thin board, 16 x 12 in (41 x 30 cm)PROVENANCEArtist's estate. LOT NOTES Tarakanov was a Russian Soviet graphic artist and painter. He lived in Perm, than in Moscow. He studied at Perm Art Technical School and graduated from the department of graphics of Moscow Art Institute. He worked at the factory ??????Goznak??????. In 1935-40s he was accepted into the Association of Revolution`s Artists. He was known for his etchings. He exhibited at 30 exhibitions during his lifetime, including the ones overseas in Chicago, London, Warsaw.

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AN ORIGINAL RUSSIAN POSTER DESIGN FOR A ROMANIAN MOVIE BY KORCHEMKIN, 1957

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Description: LEV NIKOLAEVICH KORCHEMKIN (RUSSIAN 1912-2001), Two Prizes, 1957, gouache, ink on thick paper, 39 7/8 x 29 in (101 x 73 cm), signed lower right

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A SOVIET POETRY BOOK KOMSOMOLIA WITH COVER DESIGN BY EFIMOV, 1924

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Description: KOMSOMOLIA Moscow: GIz, 1924. Poetry by Alexander Bezymenskiy; music by Klimenty Korchmarev; cover and title page by Boris Yefimov; photo-illustrations by V. V. Saveliev. Text in Russian. Folio (320 x 250 mm), softcover. Poetry, music scores, photo-illustrations. Missing piece to rear cover.LITERATUREMikhail Karasik Udarnaya Kniga Sovetskoi Detvory , (Moskow: Kontakt-Kultura, 2010), p.46, 47

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A RUSSIAN PAINTING OF A FESTIVAL SCENE BY SERGEEVA, 1953

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Description: NINA SERGEEVA (UKRAINIAN 1921-1994), At Berlin Festival, 1953, oil on cardboard, 21 1/2 x 19 1/2 in (54 x 50 cm), signed lower left, dated and titled on vesro LOT NOTESNina 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 Communi.

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A GROUP OF FIVE CHILDREN'S BOOKS, 1950S

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Description: comprised1. PRO MALENKIH DRUZEI (About Little Friends) Kiev: Ditvidav, 1958. Author and artist: V. Litvinenko. Text in Ukraininan, 220 x 170 mm 2. PRO NASHI DELA (About our life) Moscow: Detgiz, 1955. Author: V. Lifshic, text in Russian, 220 x 170 mm 3. GDE TUT PETIA, GDE SEREZHA (Where is Petia, Where is Serezha) Moscow: Detgiz, 1957. Author: S. Marshak, illustrated by Korovin. Text is Russian, 200 x 140 mm.4. DEDUSHKA MAZAI I ZAICY (Grandpa Mazai and Hares) Moscow: Detgiz, 1954. Author: N Nekrasov, illustrated by G. Nikolskiy. Text in Russian, 200 x 140 mm. 5. DEVOCHKA CHUMAZAYA (Dirty Girl) Moscow: Detgiz, 1953. Author: A. Barto, illustrated by M. Uspenskaya. Text in russian, 200 x 140 mm

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AN ORIGINAL RUSSIAN POSTER DESIGN FOR A CHINESE MOVIE BY KORCHEMKIN, 1959

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Description: LEV NIKOLAEVICH KORCHEMKIN (RUSSIAN 1912-2001), A Tale Abouth Lubao Village, 1959, gouache, ink on thick paper, 39 7/8 x 25 in (101 x 63 cm), signed lower left and on verso.

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A RUSSIAN REVOLUTIONARY PAINTING OF A SHOOTING SCENE IN DONBASS, CIRCA 1940S

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Description: PAVEL ALEKSANDROVICH KOROL (RUSSIAN 1903-1970), Shooting of Butylochniki by White Army in Konstantinovka, Donbass, circa 1940s, oil on unstreched canvas, 40 x 31 in (100 x 79 cm), titled and signed ARMU [Assocoation of Revoliutionary Art in Ukraine], Korol Pavel Aleksandrovich, on verso.

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PHOTO ALBUM OF 36 PHOTOGRAPHS ON VLADIMIR MAYAKOVSKY, 1940

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Description: VLADIMIR MAYAKOVSKY (RUSSIAN 1893-1930) Photo-album of 36 (out of 39) photographs on Vladimir Mayakovski. Compiled by Artemy Bromberg and Victor Duvakin. Photomontages, original photos reproductions, books, etc. Text in Russian. 9-7/8 x 7-1/2 in (25 x 19 cm), decorated cloth portfolio containing photographs. Edition of 2000. LOT NOTES Vladimir Mayakovsky (1893-1930) was a famous Russian Soviet poet, playwright, artist, and actor. During his early, pre-Revolution period leading into 1917, Mayakovsky became renowned as a prominent figure of the Russian Futurist movement; being among the signers of the Futurist manifesto, A Slap in the Face of Public Taste (1913), and authoring poems such as A Cloud in Trousers (1915) and Backbone Flute (1916). Mayakovsky produced a large and diverse body of work during the course of his career: he wrote poems, wrote and directed plays, appeared in films, edited the art journal LEF, and created agitprop posters in support of the Communist Party during the Russian Civil War. In 1930 Mayakovsky committed suicide.

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A RUSSIAN WATERCOLOR OF DZERJINSKIY SQUARE BY BOIM, 1961

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Description: SOLOMON SAMSONOVICH BOIM (RUSSIAN 1899-1978), Dzerjinskiy Square, 1961, watercolor on paper, 11 3/4 x 15 3/4 in (30 x 39 cm), signed and dated lower right LOT NOTESBoim Solomon Samsonovich was a well-known Soviet artist of Jewish origin, is known mostly for his works in graphic techniques: watercolor, gouache, drawing, engraving, book illustrations and posters ("Agitplakat"). He lived in Ukraine, Leningrad, and Moscow. Studied in VKhUTEMAS from Kupreyanov. From 1926 on Boim participated in hundreds of exhibitions at home and abroad. He exhibited with such prominent artists as N. Altman, S. Chekhonin, G. Klutsis, V. Lebedev, El Lissitzky, K. Malevich, L. Popova, A. Rodchenko, V. Tatlin, P. Filonov, Stenberg Brothers, and V. Stepanova. His favorite subjects included architecture and cityscapes (mostly Leningrad/St. Petersburg and Moscow), nautical themes and the Navy, and Great Patriotic War. Boim's paintings were influenced by Socialist Realism and Russian Impressionism. Boim's works are widely recognized. They may be seen in the former Soviet Union in the Tretyakov Gallery, the Russian Museum, the Pushkin Museum of Fine Arts, and other major museums.

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A RUSSIAN PAINTING OF A FEMALE ARTIST FROM THE BACK, CIRCA 1940S

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Description: RUSSIAN 20TH CENTURY ARTIST, Gracious Artist, circa 1940s, oil on thin cardboard, 17 1/2 x 13 in (45 x 33 cm)

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ABSTRACT COMPOSITION BY TARKHANOV, 1933

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Description: MIKHAIL TARKHANOV (RUSSIAN 1888-1962), Abstract Composition, 1933, starch with pigment on paper, 112 x 18 in (40 x 45 cm), dated on versoPROVENANCEArtist's estateLOT NOTES Mikhail Tarkhanov (1888-1962) was a Russian avant-garde graphic artist known for his abstract, water-based textured compositions. He graduated from the Stroganov Moscow State University of Arts and Industry in 1915, later enrolling at VKhUTEMAS, where he studied under Vasili Kandinsky and Vladimir Favorsky. From 1932 until his death, the exhibition of abstract art was banned, so he secretly pursued his abstract work while working officially for various Soviet institutions. He was able to exhibit his beautiful, unique compositions only a handful of times from 1919 to 1931, alongside artists such as Natan Altman, El Lissitzky, Kazimir Malevich, and Alexander Rodchenko. Much of his oeuvre has remained unseen until the present. Tarkhanov`s works are included in the permanent collections of the Tretyakov Gallery, the Russian Museum, the Pushkin Museum of Fine Arts, and at the Getty Center.

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A RUSSIAN SATIRICAL BOOK WITH COVER DESIGN BY ELISEEV, CIRCA 1926

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Description: OSKOLKI RAZBITOGO VDREBEZGI (Fragments of Smashed to Smithereens). Moscow-Leningrad: ZIF n/d [1926].Text in Russian, 170 x 135 mm, softcover. Cover by K. Yeliseev.

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A RUSSIAN WATERCOLOR OF A GIRL BY BOIM, CIRCA 1946

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Description: SOLOMON BOIM (RUSSIAN 1899-1978), A Girl , circa 1946, watercolor on paper, 16 x 13 in (41 x 32.5 cm), initialed and dated lower left, signed and titled on verso LOT NOTESSolomon Boim is known mostly for his works in graphic techniques: watercolor, gouache, drawing, engraving, and posters (Agitplakat). From 1926 on he participated in hundreds of exhibitions at home and abroad. Boim studied at Vkhutemas (the famous school of Russian Avant-garde art which later became Vkhutein) from 1922 through 1929, under such prominent Russian artists as Nikolay Kupreyanov and Piotr Lvov.

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A RUSSIAN PAINTING OF A FACTORY BRIGADE BY ZELENY, 1950

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Description: BORIS MOISEEVICH ZELENY (RUSSIAN 1916- 1970S), Brigada Chutkih, 1950, oil on unstreched canvas, 46 x 59 in (116 x 149 cm), signed and dated lower left, titled on verso

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A GROUP OF FIVE CHILDREN'S BOOKS, 1950S

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Description: comprised:1. FOMA Moscow: Rosgizmestprom,1951. Author: S. Mikhalkov. Text in Russian, drawings by E. Vedernikov, 240 x 170 mm. 2. KTO SKAZAL MIAU (Whos Said Miau) Moscow: Detskaya Literatura, 1968. Author and artist: V. Suteev. Text in russian, 210 x 160 mm. 3. IGRUSHKI (Toys) Moscow: Detgiz, 1946. Author: A. Barto, illustrated by K. Kuznecov, text in russian, 190 x 140 mm. 4. STIHI (Verses) Moscow: Detgiz, 1952. Authour: S. Marshak. Text in russian, 220 x 160 mm 2. MUHA-COKOTUKHA Moscow: Detskaya Literatura, 1977. Author: K. Chukovskiy, text in russian, 220 x 160 mm

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A RUSSIAN DRAWING OF SLEEPING CHILDREN BY DOVGAL, CIRCA 1920s

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Description: ALEXANDER MIKHAILOVICH DOVGAL (RUSSIAN 1904-1961), Sleeping Children, circa 1920s, ink, gouache, pencil on thin paper, 43 x 32 cm (17-1/4 x 13 in.)PROVENANCEArtist's family. LOT NOTESDovgal was an Ukrainian and Russian Soviet Avant-garde painter, graphic artist and illustrator. He lived in Kharkov. He was known for creating posters. He was a member of ARMU. He exhibited in 1927 (Kharkov) with Tatlin; in 1928 (Cologne) with Altman; in 1929 (Amsterdam and in Switzerland) with Klutsis, Telingater; in 1930 (Vienna, Berlin) with Malevich; in 1932 (Moscow and Konigsberg) with Stenberg, Rodchenko, Stepanova, etc.

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A RUSSIAN NUDE PAINTING BY KRAPIVNY, CIRCA 1930S

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Description: DMITRY PAVLOVICH KRAPIVNY (RUSSIAN 1904-1940) Standing Nude, circa 1930s, oil on unstretched canvas, 19 1/8 x 16 in ( 49 x 40 cm), signed on verso. LOT NOTESRussian Soviet Avant-garde painter. Studied at VKhUTEIN in Petrograd from Mikhail Matyushin, later became a pupil of Pavel Filonov. (Both were famous Russian artists, heads of two major Leningrad/St. Petersburg Avant-garde art schools. The third one was the school of Malevich). Participated in various exhibitions including Filonov's School Exhibition (Leningrad, 1927); Obshchegorodskaya Exhibition (Leningrad, 1930) with Kustodiev, Petrov-Vodkin, Suetin, Chekhonin; 1st Exhibition of Leningrad Artists (Leningrad, 1935) with Lebedev, Malevich, Mitrokhin, etc. His wife Lidia Frolova-Bagreeva also was an artist of Filonov's school. Their names were often mentioned together.

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A RUSSIAN BOOK ON THEATRE WITH COVER DESIGN BY AKIMOV, 1923

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Description: PROBLEMA TEATRAL'NOSTI (Problem of the Theatrical). First Edition. Petrograd: Tretia Strazha, 1923. Text in Russian, 230 x 150 mm, softcover. Illustrated cover by N. Akimov. Edition of 2000. LOT NOTESAkimov, Nikolai (1901-1968) was a well-known Soviet graphic artist, theater artist and producer. He studied from Dobuzhinsky. Lived in Leningrad. Exhibited in 1927 (Leningrad) with Benois, Dobuzhinsky; in 1928 (Moscow) with Altman, Vesnin; in 1929 (Moscow) with Rodchenko, Stenberg; in 1930 (Leningrad) with Suetin, artists of school of Filonov.

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A RUSSIAN PAINTING OF YOUTHS JOINING KOMSOMOL, CIRCA 1920-30S

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Description: RUSSIAN 20TH CENTURY ARTIST, Youths Joining Komsomol, circa 1920-30s, oil on unstretched canvas, 43 7/8 x 40 1/8 in ( 112 x 102 1/2 cm).

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A RUSSIAN BOOK WITH AVANT-GARDE COVER DESIGN BY BORISOV, CIRCA 1920S

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Description: KATASTROFA (Catastrophe). A Novel. Petrograd: Proletkult, circa 1920. Cover: Avant-garde design by Anatoly Borisov. Text in Russian, 4to (260 x 170 mm), softcover.

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AN ORIGINAL RUSSIAN POSTER DESIGN FOR A SOVIET MOVIE BY KORCHEMKIN, 1958

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Description: LEV NIKOLAEVICH KORCHEMKIN (RUSSIAN 1912-2001), Passing the Wind, 1958, gouache, ink on thick paper, 33 x 21 in (83 x 54 cm), initialed and dated lower left.

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A RUSSIAN PAINTING OF RED TREES BY DENISOV, CIRCA 1910

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Description: VASILY IVANOVICH DENISOV (RUSSIAN 1862-1921), Red Trees, circa 1906-1910, oil on canvas laid on cardboard, 14 1/8 x 26 1/2 in (36 x 67 1/2cm). LOT NOTESDenisov was a well-known Russian modernist painter, graphic and theater artist. He exhibited in Izdebsky [Izdebski] Salon, Nadezhda Dobychina galleries, etc.

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ABSTRACT LANDSCAPE BY TARKHANOV, 1941

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Description: MIKHAIL TARKHANOV (RUSSIAN 1888-1962), Blue Ruins, 1941, oil-water medium on paper, 8 1/2 x 11 7/8 in (mat 13 x 17 in); 21 x 30 cm (mat 32 x 43 cm), signed and dated on the mat, lower right, titled lower leftPROVENANCEArtist's estate LOT NOTES Mikhail Tarkhanov (1888-1962) was a Russian avant-garde graphic artist known for his abstract, water-based textured compositions. He graduated from the Stroganov Moscow State University of Arts and Industry in 1915, later enrolling at VKhUTEMAS, where he studied under Vasili Kandinsky and Vladimir Favorsky. From 1932 until his death, the exhibition of abstract art was banned, so he secretly pursued his abstract work while working officially for various Soviet institutions. He was able to exhibit his beautiful, unique compositions only a handful of times from 1919 to 1931, alongside artists such as Natan Altman, El Lissitzky, Kazimir Malevich, and Alexander Rodchenko. Much of his oeuvre has remained unseen until the present. Tarkhanov`s works are included in the permanent collections of the Tretyakov Gallery, the Russian Museum, the Pushkin Museum of Fine Arts, and at the Getty Center. This is a prime example of one of Tarkhanov`s intricate designs created by a carefully crafted oil-water medium.

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A RUSSIAN ALBUM OF DRAWINGS BY CHERNYAK, 1931

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Description: ROBERT CHERNIAK. AL'BOM RISUNKOV (Album of Drawings). First Edition. Moscow: GIII, 1931. Artist: Robert Chernyak. Text in Russian, small folio (30 x 23 cm), softcover, illustrated throughout. Artist's biography. Edition of 5000. PROVENANCEFrom the library of Nikolay Akimov with his signature.

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A RUSSIAN PAINTING OF A FACTORY SCENE BY LIGACHEVA, CIRCA 1950S

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Description: ALEKSANDRA IOSIFOVNA LIGACHEVA (RUSSIAN 1915-19?) At the Coke-Oven Plant, circa 1950s, oil on cardboard, 13 1/2 x 18 5/16 in ( 34 1/2 x 47 1/2 cm), inscribed on verso. LOT NOTESLigacheva is known as an artist and a member of the USSR Union of Artists (since 1940). She studied at Irkutsk Art College, then in Moscow Textile Institute. She regularly participated in all-Soviet, zonal and republican exhibitions. Her personal exhibition took place at the Moscow gallery Art Union.

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A RUSSIAN DRAWING OF A WOMAN WITH RYE BY DEINEKO, 1928

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Description: OLGA KONSTANTINOVNA DEINEKO (RUSSIAN 1897-1970) Peasant Woman Harvesting Rye, 1928, gouache on paper, 17 1/8 x 13 in (44 x 33 cm), signed and dated lower left. LOT NOTESOlga Deineko was a well-known Ukrainian and Russian Soviet Avant-garde painter and graphic artist; poster and book designer. She was born in 1897 at Chernigov Region (Ukraine). Then lived in Petrograd and Moscow. In 1919-1923 she worked as assistant professor in VHUTEMAS. Deineko worked together with her husband Nikolay Troshin, the artist-in-chief of the magazine "USSR in Construction". She exhibited in 1934 (Moscow) with Gustav Klutsis; in 1937 (Moscow) with Ivan Kliun, Aristarkh Lentulov, Nadezhda Udaltsova, et al.

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A RUSSIAN BOOK BY EVEREINOV WITH COVER DESIGN BY CHEKHONIN, 1921

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Description: CHTO TAKOYE TEATR (What Is Theater). A Book for Children. First Edition. Petersburg: Svetozar, 1921. Author: Nikolai Yevreinov, artists: Sergey Chekhonin (cover, illustrations, headpieces and tailpieces) and Vladimir Milashevskiy (some illustrations).Text in Russian, large 4to (300 x 220 mm), softcover. Profusely illustrated. LITERATUREDavid Woodruff, Ljiljana Grubi Russian Modernism, (Getty Publications, 1997), No 179. LOT NOTESChekhonin was a well-known Russian and Soviet Avant-garde artist. He worked in painting, graphics, posters, porcelain, bookplates, agitprop. "World of Art", "Dom Iskusstv", "Obshchina Khudozhnikov", AKhRR. He exhibited in 1922 (Berlin) with Archipenko, Chagall, Dobuzhinsky, Exter, Filonov, Gabo, Kandinsky, Lissitzky, Malevich, Popova, Puni (Pougny), Rodchenko, Rozanova, Stenberg, Stepanova, Tatlin, etc.

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