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Auction Description for Shapiro Auctions LLC: Discover Soviet Art & Books: NO RESERVE Lots of Early Soviet Paintings, Drawings & Books from the Kholodkov Collection
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Viktor Kholodkov (1948-2015) devoted his life to the collecting and dealing of prominent works of Russian graphic art of the first half of the 20th century, allowing him to fulfill his passion for books, avant-garde design, and paper memorabilia. Over the course of many decades, the dedicated collector acquired a multitude of books and artworks, meticulously labeling and archiving every single item. Many came directly from the most preeminent artists of the time, as well as from their families and estates. He also possessed a vast number of drawings from the famous collection of another avant-garde enthusiast, Nikolai Khardzhiev. After leaving the USSR in 1989 and settling in California, Viktor continued his work as a Soviet art dealer and critic, actively publishing various articles and contributing to several major Russian avant-garde exhibitions across the U.S., such as the 1991 Russia Under Fire in the 40s on the West Coast, and the 1992 Guggenheim exhibition The Great Utopia: The Russian and Soviet Avant-Garde in New York. Kholodkov also contributed to the archives of the biggest American institutions – his sophisticated selection of over 2000 Russian sheet music covers was acquired by The Library of Congress, and an extensive amount of material related to VKhUTEMAS is now at the J. Paul Getty Museum.
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Discover Soviet Art & Books: NO RESERVE Lots of Early Soviet Paintings, Drawings & Books from the Kholodkov Collection (200 Lots)

by Shapiro Auctions LLC


200 lots with images

February 11, 2017

Timed Auction

New York, NY, USA

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A RUSSIAN DRAWING OF A GIRL BY RERBERG, 1916

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Description: RERBERG, IVAN IVANOVICH (RUSSIAN 1869-1932), Manon Lescault, 1916, watercolor and ink on paper, 31.5 x 23 cm (12 1/2 x 9 1/8 in), signed and dated on front, titled on verso.LOT NOTESIvan Rerberg was a graphic artist, author of bookplates. He graduated from the Department of Graphic Arts of the Higher Art and Technical Studios in Moscow. He also studied at the Department of Architecture of the Moscow School of Painting, Sculpture, and Architecture in the class of professor Novakovsky (1915). Rerberg began his artistic career as a painter and architect; later he became a graphic artist. He worked on books for over 30 years, creating hundreds of book covers. After the revolution he cooperated with Krasnaya Nov, a state publishing house. In 1924 he worked in Belgium as the supervising architect at the construction of the Soviet Pavilion at the International Cooperative Exhibition in Ghent. In the following years he made sketches for the Mosselprom pavilions purposed for exhibitions abroad. The typeface developed by Ivan Rerberg in 1935 was used by Yury Gordon for creating modern typefaces used for advertisement and accidental printing (1997).PROVENANCE INFORMATIONThe current lot comes from the collection of the esteemed collector and art critic Viktor Kholodkov (1948-2015), who fulfilled his passion for books, avant-garde design and paper memorabilia by devoting his life to collecting and dealing of prominent works of Russian graphic art of the first half of the 20th century. Kholodkov acquired a multitude of books and artworks throughout the decades, meticulously labeling and archiving every single item. Many came directly from the most preeminent artists of the time, as well as from their families and estates. He also possessed a vast number of drawings from the famous collection of another avant-garde enthusiast, Nikolai Khardzhiev. After leaving the USSR in 1989 and settling in California, Viktor continued his work as a Soviet art dealer and critic, actively publishing various articles and contributing to several major Russian avant-garde exhibitions across the U.S., such as the 1991 exhibition Russia Under Fire in the 40s on the West Coast and the 1992 Guggenheim exhibition The Great Utopia: The Russian and Soviet Avant-Garde. Kholodkov also contributed to the archives of the biggest American istitutions. His unique selection of over 2000 Russian sheet music covers was acquired by The Library of Congress, and an extensive amount of material related to VKhUTEMAS is now at the J. Paul Getty Museum.

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AN ORIGINAL DESIGN FOR THE RUSSIAN MOVIE BY KOROLEV, 1916

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Description: KOROLEV, BORIS DANILOVICH (RUSSIAN 1884-1963), Chess of Life, 1916, watercolor and pencil on paper, 41.5 x 33 cm (16 3/8 x 13 in), signed on verso. LOT NOTESBoris Korolev was a Soviet sculptor-monumentalist, teacher and public figure. As an artist Korolev stood at the origins of the Soviet school of sculpture, its mainstream, but he also was one of the leading figures in the avant-garde movement. In 1920s he played a prime role in the realization of Lenin's plan of monumental propaganda. In his own sculptural works Korolyóv combined Realism with elements of Impressionism and Cubism. Born in Moscow and educated at the Moscow School of Painting, Sculpture and Architecture under Sergei Volnukhin, Korolev was a committed revolutionary, deported twice for his political activity, and a leading figure of avant-garde sculpture in revolutionary Russia. He was an active participant in the execution of Lenin's Monumental Propaganda Plan of April 1918, which encouraged the destruction of Tsarist monuments and the rapid production of Soviet-themed sculptures and bas-reliefs. Unfortunately Korolev's rapidly produced 1919 concrete statue of Mikhail Bakunin, done in a Cubo-Futurist style and set up in Moscow, proved to be deeply unpopular and was dismantled within weeks. Despite changing tastes, Korolev continued working in Cubist style into the 1920s, and became professor of sculpture at the Soviet state art school, Vkhutemas. In 2009 he was the subject of a major retrospective at the Tretyakov Gallery.PROVENANCE INFORMATIONThe current lot comes from the collection of the esteemed collector and art critic Viktor Kholodkov (1948-2015), who fulfilled his passion for books, avant-garde design and paper memorabilia by devoting his life to collecting and dealing of prominent works of Russian graphic art of the first half of the 20th century. Kholodkov acquired a multitude of books and artworks throughout the decades, meticulously labeling and archiving every single item. Many came directly from the most preeminent artists of the time, as well as from their families and estates. He also possessed a vast number of drawings from the famous collection of another avant-garde enthusiast, Nikolai Khardzhiev. After leaving the USSR in 1989 and settling in California, Viktor continued his work as a Soviet art dealer and critic, actively publishing various articles and contributing to several major Russian avant-garde exhibitions across the U.S., such as the 1991 exhibition Russia Under Fire in the 40s on the West Coast and the 1992 Guggenheim exhibition The Great Utopia: The Russian and Soviet Avant-Garde. Kholodkov also contributed to the archives of the biggest American istitutions. His unique selection of over 2000 Russian sheet music covers was acquired by The Library of Congress, and an extensive amount of material related to VKhUTEMAS is now at the J. Paul Getty Museum.

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A RUSSIAN AVANT-GARDE COLLAGE BY ZIMIN, CIRCA 1920S

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Description: ZIMIN, GRIGORY (RUSSIAN 1901-1985), Valenok, circa 1920s, collage, gouache, pencil on paper laid on cardboard, 22.5 x 22.5 cm (cardboard 35.5 x 26.7 cm), 8 7/8 x 8 7/8 in (cardboard 14 x 10 1/2 in), artist's notes and sketch on verso.PROVENANCE INFORMATIONThe current lot comes from the collection of the esteemed collector and art critic Viktor Kholodkov (1948-2015), who fulfilled his passion for books, avant-garde design and paper memorabilia by devoting his life to collecting and dealing of prominent works of Russian graphic art of the first half of the 20th century. Kholodkov acquired a multitude of books and artworks throughout the decades, meticulously labeling and archiving every single item. Many came directly from the most preeminent artists of the time, as well as from their families and estates. He also possessed a vast number of drawings from the famous collection of another avant-garde enthusiast, Nikolai Khardzhiev. After leaving the USSR in 1989 and settling in California, Viktor continued his work as a Soviet art dealer and critic, actively publishing various articles and contributing to several major Russian avant-garde exhibitions across the U.S., such as the 1991 exhibition Russia Under Fire in the 40s on the West Coast and the 1992 Guggenheim exhibition The Great Utopia: The Russian and Soviet Avant-Garde. Kholodkov also contributed to the archives of the biggest American istitutions. His unique selection of over 2000 Russian sheet music covers was acquired by The Library of Congress, and an extensive amount of material related to VKhUTEMAS is now at the J. Paul Getty Museum.

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A SELF-PORTRAIT DRAWING BY ERSHOVA, 1937

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Description: YERSHOVA-PREDTECHENSKAYA, NADEZHDA (RUSSIAN 1906-?), Self-portrait, 1937, watercolor on paper, 36 x 27 cm (14 x 10 3/4 in), signed and dated lower right.PROVENANCE INFORMATIONThe current lot comes from the collection of the esteemed collector and art critic Viktor Kholodkov (1948-2015), who fulfilled his passion for books, avant-garde design and paper memorabilia by devoting his life to collecting and dealing of prominent works of Russian graphic art of the first half of the 20th century. Kholodkov acquired a multitude of books and artworks throughout the decades, meticulously labeling and archiving every single item. Many came directly from the most preeminent artists of the time, as well as from their families and estates. He also possessed a vast number of drawings from the famous collection of another avant-garde enthusiast, Nikolai Khardzhiev. After leaving the USSR in 1989 and settling in California, Viktor continued his work as a Soviet art dealer and critic, actively publishing various articles and contributing to several major Russian avant-garde exhibitions across the U.S., such as the 1991 exhibition Russia Under Fire in the 40s on the West Coast and the 1992 Guggenheim exhibition The Great Utopia: The Russian and Soviet Avant-Garde. Kholodkov also contributed to the archives of the biggest American istitutions. His unique selection of over 2000 Russian sheet music covers was acquired by The Library of Congress, and an extensive amount of material related to VKhUTEMAS is now at the J. Paul Getty Museum.

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A RUSSIAN INK DRAWING BY PROSKURIAKOV, 1929

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Description: PROSKURIAKOV, INNOKENTY PAVLOVICH OR KE-SHA (RUSSIAN 1901-1960), Art Brings People Together, 1929, ink on thin paper laid in paper jacket, 23.5 x 22 cm (9 1/4 x 8 1/2 in), signed, dated and titled lower right (paper jacket).PROVENANCE INFORMATIONThe current lot comes from the collection of the esteemed collector and art critic Viktor Kholodkov (1948-2015), who fulfilled his passion for books, avant-garde design and paper memorabilia by devoting his life to collecting and dealing of prominent works of Russian graphic art of the first half of the 20th century. Kholodkov acquired a multitude of books and artworks throughout the decades, meticulously labeling and archiving every single item. Many came directly from the most preeminent artists of the time, as well as from their families and estates. He also possessed a vast number of drawings from the famous collection of another avant-garde enthusiast, Nikolai Khardzhiev. After leaving the USSR in 1989 and settling in California, Viktor continued his work as a Soviet art dealer and critic, actively publishing various articles and contributing to several major Russian avant-garde exhibitions across the U.S., such as the 1991 exhibition Russia Under Fire in the 40s on the West Coast and the 1992 Guggenheim exhibition The Great Utopia: The Russian and Soviet Avant-Garde. Kholodkov also contributed to the archives of the biggest American istitutions. His unique selection of over 2000 Russian sheet music covers was acquired by The Library of Congress, and an extensive amount of material related to VKhUTEMAS is now at the J. Paul Getty Museum.

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A RUSSIAN WATERCOLOR OF A MOSCOW VIEW BY TARKHANOV, 1903

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Description: TARKHANOV, MIKHAIL (RUSSIAN 1888-1962), Iz Okna Graviurnogo Otdeleniya [From the Window of the Print Department of the Rumiantsevsky Museum], 1903, watercolor, 7.8 x 12.7 cm (mat size 40.6 x 30.5 cm), 7 x 5 in (mat size 16 x 12 in), dated on front, inscribed and dated on verso of the mat. 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 works only a handful of times from 1919 to 1931, alongside artists such as Natan Altman, El Lissitzky, Kazimir Malevich, and Alexander Rodchenko. 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. PROVENANCE INFORMATIONThe current lot comes from the collection of the esteemed collector and art critic Viktor Kholodkov (1948-2015), who fulfilled his passion for books, avant-garde design and paper memorabilia by devoting his life to collecting and dealing of prominent works of Russian graphic art of the first half of the 20th century. Kholodkov acquired a multitude of books and artworks throughout the decades, meticulously labeling and archiving every single item. Many came directly from the most preeminent artists of the time, as well as from their families and estates. He also possessed a vast number of drawings from the famous collection of another avant-garde enthusiast, Nikolai Khardzhiev. After leaving the USSR in 1989 and settling in California, Viktor continued his work as a Soviet art dealer and critic, actively publishing various articles and contributing to several major Russian avant-garde exhibitions across the U.S., such as the 1991 exhibition Russia Under Fire in the 40s on the West Coast and the 1992 Guggenheim exhibition The Great Utopia: The Russian and Soviet Avant-Garde. Kholodkov also contributed to the archives of the biggest American istitutions. His unique selection of over 2000 Russian sheet music covers was acquired by The Library of Congress, and an extensive amount of material related to VKhUTEMAS is now at the J. Paul Getty Museum.

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A RUSSIAN PAINTING BY VEREISKY, CIRCA 1930S

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Description: VEREISKY, GEORGY (RUSSIAN 1886-1962), Haymaking Scene, circa 1930s, oil on cardborad, 25 x 32 cm (9 7/8 x 12 5/8 in), signed on verso. LOT NOTESVereisky was a leading Soviet graphic artist, who continued the classical traditions of Russian art in the twentieth century. He studied at the Law Faculty in Kharkov, then the Petersburg University, and participated in events of the first Russian Revolution of 1905, even was under arrest and was compelled to emigrate (1905-07). Nevertheless, he managed to attend Yegor Yegorovich Shreider Studio in Kharkov, and having moved to St. Petersburg (1911) studied from great artists in the New Art Studio.The artistic environment of pre-revolutionary St Petersburg was an important influence on the young draughtsman. A student of Mstislav Dobuzhinsky, Boris Kustodiev and Anna Ostroumova-Lebedeva, he was close to the World of Art movement. PROVENANCE INFORMATIONThe current lot comes from the collection of the esteemed collector and art critic Viktor Kholodkov (1948-2015), who fulfilled his passion for books, avant-garde design and paper memorabilia by devoting his life to collecting and dealing of prominent works of Russian graphic art of the first half of the 20th century. Kholodkov acquired a multitude of books and artworks throughout the decades, meticulously labeling and archiving every single item. Many came directly from the most preeminent artists of the time, as well as from their families and estates. He also possessed a vast number of drawings from the famous collection of another avant-garde enthusiast, Nikolai Khardzhiev. After leaving the USSR in 1989 and settling in California, Viktor continued his work as a Soviet art dealer and critic, actively publishing various articles and contributing to several major Russian avant-garde exhibitions across the U.S., such as the 1991 exhibition Russia Under Fire in the 40s on the West Coast and the 1992 Guggenheim exhibition The Great Utopia: The Russian and Soviet Avant-Garde. Kholodkov also contributed to the archives of the biggest American istitutions. His unique selection of over 2000 Russian sheet music covers was acquired by The Library of Congress, and an extensive amount of material related to VKhUTEMAS is now at the J. Paul Getty Museum.

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A RUSSIAN DRAWING OF A READING WOMEN BY DEINEKO, 1929

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Description: DEINEKO, OLGA KONSTANTINOVNA (RUSSIAN 1897-1970), Women Reading, 1929, watercolor on paper, 36 x 42 cm (14 x 16 1/2 in), initialed and dated lower left. LOT NOTESDeineko 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 worked as assistant professor in VHUTEMAS. Deineko worked together with her husband Nikolay Troshin, the artist-in-chief of the magazine "USSR in Construction". Exhibited in 1934 (Moscow) with Gustav Klutsis; in 1937 (Moscow) with Ivan Kliun, Aristarkh Lentulov, Nadezhda Udaltsova, et al.PROVENANCE INFORMATIONThe current lot comes from the collection of the esteemed collector and art critic Viktor Kholodkov (1948-2015), who fulfilled his passion for books, avant-garde design and paper memorabilia by devoting his life to collecting and dealing of prominent works of Russian graphic art of the first half of the 20th century. Kholodkov acquired a multitude of books and artworks throughout the decades, meticulously labeling and archiving every single item. Many came directly from the most preeminent artists of the time, as well as from their families and estates. He also possessed a vast number of drawings from the famous collection of another avant-garde enthusiast, Nikolai Khardzhiev. After leaving the USSR in 1989 and settling in California, Viktor continued his work as a Soviet art dealer and critic, actively publishing various articles and contributing to several major Russian avant-garde exhibitions across the U.S., such as the 1991 exhibition Russia Under Fire in the 40s on the West Coast and the 1992 Guggenheim exhibition The Great Utopia: The Russian and Soviet Avant-Garde. Kholodkov also contributed to the archives of the biggest American istitutions. His unique selection of over 2000 Russian sheet music covers was acquired by The Library of Congress, and an extensive amount of material related to VKhUTEMAS is now at the J. Paul Getty Museum.

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A RUSSIAN INK DRAWING BY DEINEKO, 1929

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Description: DEINEKO, OLGA KONSTANTINOVNA (RUSSIAN 1897-1970), Weaver, 1929, ink on paper, 47.5 x 39 cm (18 3/4 x 15 in), initialed and dated lower right. LOT NOTESDeineko 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 worked as assistant professor in VHUTEMAS. Deineko worked together with her husband Nikolay Troshin, the artist-in-chief of the magazine "USSR in Construction". Exhibited in 1934 (Moscow) with Gustav Klutsis; in 1937 (Moscow) with Ivan Kliun, Aristarkh Lentulov, Nadezhda Udaltsova, et al.PROVENANCE INFORMATIONThe current lot comes from the collection of the esteemed collector and art critic Viktor Kholodkov (1948-2015), who fulfilled his passion for books, avant-garde design and paper memorabilia by devoting his life to collecting and dealing of prominent works of Russian graphic art of the first half of the 20th century. Kholodkov acquired a multitude of books and artworks throughout the decades, meticulously labeling and archiving every single item. Many came directly from the most preeminent artists of the time, as well as from their families and estates. He also possessed a vast number of drawings from the famous collection of another avant-garde enthusiast, Nikolai Khardzhiev. After leaving the USSR in 1989 and settling in California, Viktor continued his work as a Soviet art dealer and critic, actively publishing various articles and contributing to several major Russian avant-garde exhibitions across the U.S., such as the 1991 exhibition Russia Under Fire in the 40s on the West Coast and the 1992 Guggenheim exhibition The Great Utopia: The Russian and Soviet Avant-Garde. Kholodkov also contributed to the archives of the biggest American istitutions. His unique selection of over 2000 Russian sheet music covers was acquired by The Library of Congress, and an extensive amount of material related to VKhUTEMAS is now at the J. Paul Getty Museum.

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A RUSSIAN WATERCOLOR OF KINDERGARTEN BY DEINEKO, CIRCA 1930

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Description: DEINEKO, OLGA KONSTANTINOVNA (RUSSIAN 1897-1970), Kindegarten on a Walk, circa 1930s, watercolor on paper, 40 x 31 cm (15 3/4 x 12 1/4 in), signed and titled on verso. LOT NOTESDeineko 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 worked as assistant professor in VHUTEMAS. Deineko worked together with her husband Nikolay Troshin, the artist-in-chief of the magazine "USSR in Construction". Exhibited in 1934 (Moscow) with Gustav Klutsis; in 1937 (Moscow) with Ivan Kliun, Aristarkh Lentulov, Nadezhda Udaltsova, et al.PROVENANCE INFORMATIONThe current lot comes from the collection of the esteemed collector and art critic Viktor Kholodkov (1948-2015), who fulfilled his passion for books, avant-garde design and paper memorabilia by devoting his life to collecting and dealing of prominent works of Russian graphic art of the first half of the 20th century. Kholodkov acquired a multitude of books and artworks throughout the decades, meticulously labeling and archiving every single item. Many came directly from the most preeminent artists of the time, as well as from their families and estates. He also possessed a vast number of drawings from the famous collection of another avant-garde enthusiast, Nikolai Khardzhiev. After leaving the USSR in 1989 and settling in California, Viktor continued his work as a Soviet art dealer and critic, actively publishing various articles and contributing to several major Russian avant-garde exhibitions across the U.S., such as the 1991 exhibition Russia Under Fire in the 40s on the West Coast and the 1992 Guggenheim exhibition The Great Utopia: The Russian and Soviet Avant-Garde. Kholodkov also contributed to the archives of the biggest American istitutions. His unique selection of over 2000 Russian sheet music covers was acquired by The Library of Congress, and an extensive amount of material related to VKhUTEMAS is now at the J. Paul Getty Museum.

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TWELVE AUTOLITHOGRAPHS BY VEREISKY, 1927

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Description: PORTRETY RUSSKIKH KHUDOZHNIKOV. AVTOLITOGRAFII G. S. VEREISKOGO [Portraits d'Arttistes Russes. Lithographies de G. Vereisky]. First edition. Leningrad: KPKhI- GAKhN, 1927. Twelve full-size auto-lithographic portraits by Georgiy Vereiskiy. Text in Russian and French. Folio (340 x 260 mm), softcover, edition of 5000.PROVENANCE INFORMATIONThe current lot comes from the collection of the esteemed collector and art critic Viktor Kholodkov (1948-2015), who fulfilled his passion for books, avant-garde design and paper memorabilia by devoting his life to collecting and dealing of prominent works of Russian graphic art of the first half of the 20th century. Kholodkov acquired a multitude of books and artworks throughout the decades, meticulously labeling and archiving every single item. Many came directly from the most preeminent artists of the time, as well as from their families and estates. He also possessed a vast number of drawings from the famous collection of another avant-garde enthusiast, Nikolai Khardzhiev. After leaving the USSR in 1989 and settling in California, Viktor continued his work as a Soviet art dealer and critic, actively publishing various articles and contributing to several major Russian avant-garde exhibitions across the U.S., such as the 1991 exhibition Russia Under Fire in the 40s on the West Coast and the 1992 Guggenheim exhibition The Great Utopia: The Russian and Soviet Avant-Garde. Kholodkov also contributed to the archives of the biggest American istitutions. His unique selection of over 2000 Russian sheet music covers was acquired by The Library of Congress, and an extensive amount of material related to VKhUTEMAS is now at the J. Paul Getty Museum.

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A RUSSIAN NUDE DRAWING BY YAKOVLEV, 1924

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Description: YAKOVLEV, MIKHAIL NIKOLAEVICH (RUSSIAN 1880-1942), Seated Nude, 1924, pencil on paper, 63 x 48 cm (24 3/4 x 18 7/8 in), signed and dated upper left. Fragile condition. LOT NOTESRussian painter, master of painting and graphic art, a representative of the neoclassic movement within Art Nouveau. In 1905–-1913 studied at the Art Academy under the tutorship of D.N. Kardovsky. During those years he got acquainted with V.I. Shukhayev who became his creative alter ego. Worked for Satirikon and New Satirikon magazines (1909-1918). Was a member of the Art World group since 1912. In 1914-1915 he travelled through Italy together with Shukhayev. While collecting the ethnic materials for panels of the Kazan railway station, he visited the Far East in 1917, then China, Mongolia, and Japan. Since 1919, Yakovlev lived in Paris. Exposed his works at personal exhibitions in Paris (The Gallery Barbazanges, 1920 and 1921), as well as in London and Chicago. Took part in the exhibitions of the Art World group in the La Boetie gallery and in the Autumn Salon. In 1924–1925 he took part in an expedition to the Sahara Desert and Equatorial Africa, where he created series of paintings and drawings. Published French albums: «Far East in the paintings and drawings of Alexander Yakovlev» (1922), «Chinese theater in paintings, sanguine and sketches of Alexander Yakovlev» (1922) and «A. Yakovlev: African drawings and paintings» (1927). In 1934 he received an invitation to become a professor of the Art Academy in Boston. Today his works are kept in the collections of in the State Tretyakov Gallery in Moscow and the State Russian Museum in St. Petersburg. Several works were acquired by Luxembourg Museum in Paris. PROVENANCE INFORMATIONThe current lot comes from the collection of the esteemed collector and art critic Viktor Kholodkov (1948-2015), who fulfilled his passion for books, avant-garde design and paper memorabilia by devoting his life to collecting and dealing of prominent works of Russian graphic art of the first half of the 20th century. Kholodkov acquired a multitude of books and artworks throughout the decades, meticulously labeling and archiving every single item. Many came directly from the most preeminent artists of the time, as well as from their families and estates. He also possessed a vast number of drawings from the famous collection of another avant-garde enthusiast, Nikolai Khardzhiev. After leaving the USSR in 1989 and settling in California, Viktor continued his work as a Soviet art dealer and critic, actively publishing various articles and contributing to several major Russian avant-garde exhibitions across the U.S., such as the 1991 exhibition Russia Under Fire in the 40s on the West Coast and the 1992 Guggenheim exhibition The Great Utopia: The Russian and Soviet Avant-Garde. Kholodkov also contributed to the archives of the biggest American istitutions. His unique selection of over 2000 Russian sheet music covers was acquired by The Library of Congress, and an extensive amount of material related to VKhUTEMAS is now at the J. Paul Getty Museum.

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A RUSSIAN DRAWING OF A BIKER BY CHAIKOV, CIRCA 1920S

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Description: CHAIKOV, IOSIF MOISEEVICH (UKRAINIAN-RUSSIAN 1888-1979), Biker, circa 1920s, ink on paper, 48.5 x 59 cm (19 x 23 1/4 in), frigale condition. LITERARUREThe finished work was reproduced in monograph I.M. Chaikov. Sovetskiy Hudozhnik, 1952 p. 5 and in monograph I.M. Chaikov. Sculpture, 1977 written by I. Shmidt, p. 65.PROVENANCE INFORMATIONThe current lot comes from the collection of the esteemed collector and art critic Viktor Kholodkov (1948-2015), who fulfilled his passion for books, avant-garde design and paper memorabilia by devoting his life to collecting and dealing of prominent works of Russian graphic art of the first half of the 20th century. Kholodkov acquired a multitude of books and artworks throughout the decades, meticulously labeling and archiving every single item. Many came directly from the most preeminent artists of the time, as well as from their families and estates. He also possessed a vast number of drawings from the famous collection of another avant-garde enthusiast, Nikolai Khardzhiev. After leaving the USSR in 1989 and settling in California, Viktor continued his work as a Soviet art dealer and critic, actively publishing various articles and contributing to several major Russian avant-garde exhibitions across the U.S., such as the 1991 exhibition Russia Under Fire in the 40s on the West Coast and the 1992 Guggenheim exhibition The Great Utopia: The Russian and Soviet Avant-Garde. Kholodkov also contributed to the archives of the biggest American istitutions. His unique selection of over 2000 Russian sheet music covers was acquired by The Library of Congress, and an extensive amount of material related to VKhUTEMAS is now at the J. Paul Getty Museum.

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A RUSSIAN DRAWING OF HARVESTING BY RUSETSKIY, 1934

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Description: RUSETSKIY, FEDOR PETROVICH (RUSSIAN 1905-1966), Sunrise Harvest, 1934, watercolor on paper, 25 x 17 cm (10 x 6 1/2 in), signed and dated lower right.PROVENANCE INFORMATIONThe current lot comes from the collection of the esteemed collector and art critic Viktor Kholodkov (1948-2015), who fulfilled his passion for books, avant-garde design and paper memorabilia by devoting his life to collecting and dealing of prominent works of Russian graphic art of the first half of the 20th century. Kholodkov acquired a multitude of books and artworks throughout the decades, meticulously labeling and archiving every single item. Many came directly from the most preeminent artists of the time, as well as from their families and estates. He also possessed a vast number of drawings from the famous collection of another avant-garde enthusiast, Nikolai Khardzhiev. After leaving the USSR in 1989 and settling in California, Viktor continued his work as a Soviet art dealer and critic, actively publishing various articles and contributing to several major Russian avant-garde exhibitions across the U.S., such as the 1991 exhibition Russia Under Fire in the 40s on the West Coast and the 1992 Guggenheim exhibition The Great Utopia: The Russian and Soviet Avant-Garde. Kholodkov also contributed to the archives of the biggest American istitutions. His unique selection of over 2000 Russian sheet music covers was acquired by The Library of Congress, and an extensive amount of material related to VKhUTEMAS is now at the J. Paul Getty Museum.

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A RUSSIAN PAINTING OF GYPSIES BY SHTANGE, CIRCA 1930S

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Description: SHTANGE, IRINA DMITRIEVNA (RUSSIAN 1906-1991), Gypsies, circa 1930s, oil on board, 60 x 45 cm (23 1/2 x 17 3/4 in), signed and titled on verso.PROVENANCE INFORMATIONThe current lot comes from the collection of the esteemed collector and art critic Viktor Kholodkov (1948-2015), who fulfilled his passion for books, avant-garde design and paper memorabilia by devoting his life to collecting and dealing of prominent works of Russian graphic art of the first half of the 20th century. Kholodkov acquired a multitude of books and artworks throughout the decades, meticulously labeling and archiving every single item. Many came directly from the most preeminent artists of the time, as well as from their families and estates. He also possessed a vast number of drawings from the famous collection of another avant-garde enthusiast, Nikolai Khardzhiev. After leaving the USSR in 1989 and settling in California, Viktor continued his work as a Soviet art dealer and critic, actively publishing various articles and contributing to several major Russian avant-garde exhibitions across the U.S., such as the 1991 exhibition Russia Under Fire in the 40s on the West Coast and the 1992 Guggenheim exhibition The Great Utopia: The Russian and Soviet Avant-Garde. Kholodkov also contributed to the archives of the biggest American istitutions. His unique selection of over 2000 Russian sheet music covers was acquired by The Library of Congress, and an extensive amount of material related to VKhUTEMAS is now at the J. Paul Getty Museum.

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A RUSSIAN LITHOGRAPH BY JEAN POUGNY, CIRCA 1950S

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Description: POUGNY, JEAN (RUSSIAN 1892-1956), Composition, circa 1950s, lithograph, 90 x 63 cm (image size 71 x 45 cm), 35 3/8 x 24 3/4 in (image size 28 x 17 3/4 in ), artist's stamp in right corner, inscription in left corner in French. Edition of 25. This copy is No. 14.PROVENANCE INFORMATIONThe current lot comes from the collection of the esteemed collector and art critic Viktor Kholodkov (1948-2015), who fulfilled his passion for books, avant-garde design and paper memorabilia by devoting his life to collecting and dealing of prominent works of Russian graphic art of the first half of the 20th century. Kholodkov acquired a multitude of books and artworks throughout the decades, meticulously labeling and archiving every single item. Many came directly from the most preeminent artists of the time, as well as from their families and estates. He also possessed a vast number of drawings from the famous collection of another avant-garde enthusiast, Nikolai Khardzhiev. After leaving the USSR in 1989 and settling in California, Viktor continued his work as a Soviet art dealer and critic, actively publishing various articles and contributing to several major Russian avant-garde exhibitions across the U.S., such as the 1991 exhibition Russia Under Fire in the 40s on the West Coast and the 1992 Guggenheim exhibition The Great Utopia: The Russian and Soviet Avant-Garde. Kholodkov also contributed to the archives of the biggest American istitutions. His unique selection of over 2000 Russian sheet music covers was acquired by The Library of Congress, and an extensive amount of material related to VKhUTEMAS is now at the J. Paul Getty Museum.

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A RUSSIAN STILL LIFE DRAWING BY DIBROVSKI, 1937

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Description: PESTUN-DIBROVSKI, ALEKSANDER (RUSSIAN 20TH CENTURY), Still Life, 1937, ink on paper, 43 x 30 cm (17 x 12 in), signed and dated lower right.PROVENANCE INFORMATIONThe current lot comes from the collection of the esteemed collector and art critic Viktor Kholodkov (1948-2015), who fulfilled his passion for books, avant-garde design and paper memorabilia by devoting his life to collecting and dealing of prominent works of Russian graphic art of the first half of the 20th century. Kholodkov acquired a multitude of books and artworks throughout the decades, meticulously labeling and archiving every single item. Many came directly from the most preeminent artists of the time, as well as from their families and estates. He also possessed a vast number of drawings from the famous collection of another avant-garde enthusiast, Nikolai Khardzhiev. After leaving the USSR in 1989 and settling in California, Viktor continued his work as a Soviet art dealer and critic, actively publishing various articles and contributing to several major Russian avant-garde exhibitions across the U.S., such as the 1991 exhibition Russia Under Fire in the 40s on the West Coast and the 1992 Guggenheim exhibition The Great Utopia: The Russian and Soviet Avant-Garde. Kholodkov also contributed to the archives of the biggest American istitutions. His unique selection of over 2000 Russian sheet music covers was acquired by The Library of Congress, and an extensive amount of material related to VKhUTEMAS is now at the J. Paul Getty Museum.

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A RUSSIAN DRAWING OF SHIPS BY VIALOV, CIRCA 1930S

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Description: VIALOV, KONSTANTIN ALEKSANDROVICH (RUSSIAN 1900-1976), Ships, circa 1930s, watercolor on paper, 34 x 26 cm (13 1/2 x 10 in), signed on verso. 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. PROVENANCE INFORMATIONThe current lot comes from the collection of the esteemed collector and art critic Viktor Kholodkov (1948-2015), who fulfilled his passion for books, avant-garde design and paper memorabilia by devoting his life to collecting and dealing of prominent works of Russian graphic art of the first half of the 20th century. Kholodkov acquired a multitude of books and artworks throughout the decades, meticulously labeling and archiving every single item. Many came directly from the most preeminent artists of the time, as well as from their families and estates. He also possessed a vast number of drawings from the famous collection of another avant-garde enthusiast, Nikolai Khardzhiev. After leaving the USSR in 1989 and settling in California, Viktor continued his work as a Soviet art dealer and critic, actively publishing various articles and contributing to several major Russian avant-garde exhibitions across the U.S., such as the 1991 exhibition Russia Under Fire in the 40s on the West Coast and the 1992 Guggenheim exhibition The Great Utopia: The Russian and Soviet Avant-Garde. Kholodkov also contributed to the archives of the biggest American istitutions. His unique selection of over 2000 Russian sheet music covers was acquired by The Library of Congress, and an extensive amount of material related to VKhUTEMAS is now at the J. Paul Getty Museum.

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A RUSSIAN DRAWING OF A SHIP BY VIALOV, CIRCA 1930S

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Description: VIALOV, KONSTANTIN ALEKSANDROVICH (RUSSIAN 1900-1976), Ships, circa 1930s, watercolor on paper, 29.5 x 21 cm (11 1/2 x 8 1/4 in), signed on verso. 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. PROVENANCE INFORMATIONThe current lot comes from the collection of the esteemed collector and art critic Viktor Kholodkov (1948-2015), who fulfilled his passion for books, avant-garde design and paper memorabilia by devoting his life to collecting and dealing of prominent works of Russian graphic art of the first half of the 20th century. Kholodkov acquired a multitude of books and artworks throughout the decades, meticulously labeling and archiving every single item. Many came directly from the most preeminent artists of the time, as well as from their families and estates. He also possessed a vast number of drawings from the famous collection of another avant-garde enthusiast, Nikolai Khardzhiev. After leaving the USSR in 1989 and settling in California, Viktor continued his work as a Soviet art dealer and critic, actively publishing various articles and contributing to several major Russian avant-garde exhibitions across the U.S., such as the 1991 exhibition Russia Under Fire in the 40s on the West Coast and the 1992 Guggenheim exhibition The Great Utopia: The Russian and Soviet Avant-Garde. Kholodkov also contributed to the archives of the biggest American istitutions. His unique selection of over 2000 Russian sheet music covers was acquired by The Library of Congress, and an extensive amount of material related to VKhUTEMAS is now at the J. Paul Getty Museum.

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A DOUBLE SIDED DRAWING OF SHIPS BY VIALOV, CIRCA 1930S

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Description: VIALOV, KONSTANTIN ALEKSANDROVICH (RUSSIAN 1900-1976), Ships, circa 1930s, watercolor on paper, 30 x 23 cm (12 x 9 1/4 in), signed lower right. 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.PROVENANCE INFORMATIONThe current lot comes from the collection of the esteemed collector and art critic Viktor Kholodkov (1948-2015), who fulfilled his passion for books, avant-garde design and paper memorabilia by devoting his life to collecting and dealing of prominent works of Russian graphic art of the first half of the 20th century. Kholodkov acquired a multitude of books and artworks throughout the decades, meticulously labeling and archiving every single item. Many came directly from the most preeminent artists of the time, as well as from their families and estates. He also possessed a vast number of drawings from the famous collection of another avant-garde enthusiast, Nikolai Khardzhiev. After leaving the USSR in 1989 and settling in California, Viktor continued his work as a Soviet art dealer and critic, actively publishing various articles and contributing to several major Russian avant-garde exhibitions across the U.S., such as the 1991 exhibition Russia Under Fire in the 40s on the West Coast and the 1992 Guggenheim exhibition The Great Utopia: The Russian and Soviet Avant-Garde. Kholodkov also contributed to the archives of the biggest American istitutions. His unique selection of over 2000 Russian sheet music covers was acquired by The Library of Congress, and an extensive amount of material related to VKhUTEMAS is now at the J. Paul Getty Museum.

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A RUSSIAN DRAWING OF A SHIP BY VIALOV, CIRCA 1930S

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Description: VIALOV, KONSTANTIN ALEKSANDROVICH (RUSSIAN 1900-1976), Ships, circa 1930s, watercolor on paper, 30 x 21 cm (12 x 8 1/4 in), signed on verso. 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.PROVENANCE INFORMATIONThe current lot comes from the collection of the esteemed collector and art critic Viktor Kholodkov (1948-2015), who fulfilled his passion for books, avant-garde design and paper memorabilia by devoting his life to collecting and dealing of prominent works of Russian graphic art of the first half of the 20th century. Kholodkov acquired a multitude of books and artworks throughout the decades, meticulously labeling and archiving every single item. Many came directly from the most preeminent artists of the time, as well as from their families and estates. He also possessed a vast number of drawings from the famous collection of another avant-garde enthusiast, Nikolai Khardzhiev. After leaving the USSR in 1989 and settling in California, Viktor continued his work as a Soviet art dealer and critic, actively publishing various articles and contributing to several major Russian avant-garde exhibitions across the U.S., such as the 1991 exhibition Russia Under Fire in the 40s on the West Coast and the 1992 Guggenheim exhibition The Great Utopia: The Russian and Soviet Avant-Garde. Kholodkov also contributed to the archives of the biggest American istitutions. His unique selection of over 2000 Russian sheet music covers was acquired by The Library of Congress, and an extensive amount of material related to VKhUTEMAS is now at the J. Paul Getty Museum.

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A RUSSIAN DRAWING OF A SHIP BY VIALOV, CIRCA 1930S

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Description: VIALOV, KONSTANTIN ALEKSANDROVICH (RUSSIAN 1900-1976), Ships, circa 1930s, watercolor on paper, 30 x 21 cm (12 x 8 1/4 in), signed on verso. 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.PROVENANCE INFORMATIONThe current lot comes from the collection of the esteemed collector and art critic Viktor Kholodkov (1948-2015), who fulfilled his passion for books, avant-garde design and paper memorabilia by devoting his life to collecting and dealing of prominent works of Russian graphic art of the first half of the 20th century. Kholodkov acquired a multitude of books and artworks throughout the decades, meticulously labeling and archiving every single item. Many came directly from the most preeminent artists of the time, as well as from their families and estates. He also possessed a vast number of drawings from the famous collection of another avant-garde enthusiast, Nikolai Khardzhiev. After leaving the USSR in 1989 and settling in California, Viktor continued his work as a Soviet art dealer and critic, actively publishing various articles and contributing to several major Russian avant-garde exhibitions across the U.S., such as the 1991 exhibition Russia Under Fire in the 40s on the West Coast and the 1992 Guggenheim exhibition The Great Utopia: The Russian and Soviet Avant-Garde. Kholodkov also contributed to the archives of the biggest American istitutions. His unique selection of over 2000 Russian sheet music covers was acquired by The Library of Congress, and an extensive amount of material related to VKhUTEMAS is now at the J. Paul Getty Museum.

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A RUSSIAN DRAWING BY KOPIN, 1922

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Description: KOPIN, IVAN SEMENOVICH (RUSSIAN 1888-1966), At the Castle, 1922, gouache on paper, 29 x 40 cm (11 1/2 x 15 3/4 in), signed and dated lower right.PROVENANCE INFORMATIONThe current lot comes from the collection of the esteemed collector and art critic Viktor Kholodkov (1948-2015), who fulfilled his passion for books, avant-garde design and paper memorabilia by devoting his life to collecting and dealing of prominent works of Russian graphic art of the first half of the 20th century. Kholodkov acquired a multitude of books and artworks throughout the decades, meticulously labeling and archiving every single item. Many came directly from the most preeminent artists of the time, as well as from their families and estates. He also possessed a vast number of drawings from the famous collection of another avant-garde enthusiast, Nikolai Khardzhiev. After leaving the USSR in 1989 and settling in California, Viktor continued his work as a Soviet art dealer and critic, actively publishing various articles and contributing to several major Russian avant-garde exhibitions across the U.S., such as the 1991 exhibition Russia Under Fire in the 40s on the West Coast and the 1992 Guggenheim exhibition The Great Utopia: The Russian and Soviet Avant-Garde. Kholodkov also contributed to the archives of the biggest American istitutions. His unique selection of over 2000 Russian sheet music covers was acquired by The Library of Congress, and an extensive amount of material related to VKhUTEMAS is now at the J. Paul Getty Museum.

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A RUSSIAN PAINTING OF A MARKET BY PLAKSIN, 1933

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Description: PLAKSIN, MIKHAIL (RUSSIAN 1898-1965), Asian Market, 1933, oil on unstreched canvas, 79 x 104 cm (31 1/2 x 41 1/2 in), certified on verso.PROVENANCE INFORMATIONThe current lot comes from the collection of the esteemed collector and art critic Viktor Kholodkov (1948-2015), who fulfilled his passion for books, avant-garde design and paper memorabilia by devoting his life to collecting and dealing of prominent works of Russian graphic art of the first half of the 20th century. Kholodkov acquired a multitude of books and artworks throughout the decades, meticulously labeling and archiving every single item. Many came directly from the most preeminent artists of the time, as well as from their families and estates. He also possessed a vast number of drawings from the famous collection of another avant-garde enthusiast, Nikolai Khardzhiev. After leaving the USSR in 1989 and settling in California, Viktor continued his work as a Soviet art dealer and critic, actively publishing various articles and contributing to several major Russian avant-garde exhibitions across the U.S., such as the 1991 exhibition Russia Under Fire in the 40s on the West Coast and the 1992 Guggenheim exhibition The Great Utopia: The Russian and Soviet Avant-Garde. Kholodkov also contributed to the archives of the biggest American istitutions. His unique selection of over 2000 Russian sheet music covers was acquired by The Library of Congress, and an extensive amount of material related to VKhUTEMAS is now at the J. Paul Getty Museum.

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A WATERCOLOR SCETCH BY MATSEDONSKY, CIRCA 1930S

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Description: MATSEDONSKY, NIKOLAY (RUSSIAN 1911-1980), Scetch No.4, circa 1930s, watercolor on paper, 27 x 30 cm (10 5/8 x 11 3/4 in), titled in sight PROVENANCEArist's familyLOT NOTESNikolai Matsedonsky (1911-1980) was a Soviet Avant-garde painter, graphic artist and sculptor known primarily for his stage and costume designs. After graduating fromVKhUTEMAS in 1932, he was employed as a stage manager by the Kamerny Theater in Moscow. PROVENANCE INFORMATIONThe current lot comes from the collection of the esteemed collector and art critic Viktor Kholodkov (1948-2015), who fulfilled his passion for books, avant-garde design and paper memorabilia by devoting his life to collecting and dealing of prominent works of Russian graphic art of the first half of the 20th century. Kholodkov acquired a multitude of books and artworks throughout the decades, meticulously labeling and archiving every single item. Many came directly from the most preeminent artists of the time, as well as from their families and estates. He also possessed a vast number of drawings from the famous collection of another avant-garde enthusiast, Nikolai Khardzhiev. After leaving the USSR in 1989 and settling in California, Viktor continued his work as a Soviet art dealer and critic, actively publishing various articles and contributing to several major Russian avant-garde exhibitions across the U.S., such as the 1991 exhibition Russia Under Fire in the 40s on the West Coast and the 1992 Guggenheim exhibition The Great Utopia: The Russian and Soviet Avant-Garde. Kholodkov also contributed to the archives of the biggest American istitutions. His unique selection of over 2000 Russian sheet music covers was acquired by The Library of Congress, and an extensive amount of material related to VKhUTEMAS is now at the J. Paul Getty Museum.

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A RUSSIAN SATIRICAL ANTI-RELIGIOUS DRAWING BY CHEREMNYKH, CIRCA 1920S

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Description: CHEREMNYKH, MIKHAIL MIKHAILOVICH (RUSSIAN 1890-1962), Anti-Religious Drawing, circa 1920s, gouache on paper, 32 x 24 cm (12 1/2 x 9 1/2 in), signed on front. LOT NOTESCheremnykh studied with K. A. Korovin and S. V. Maliutin at the Moscow School of Painting, Sculpture, and Architecture from 1911 to 1917. He taught at the V. I. Surikov Moscow Art Institute from 1949 to 1962, becoming a professor there in 1950. Cheremnykh was the creator of the OKNA ROSTA and one of the creators of the OKNA TASS. He worked for several newspapers and for the magazines Krokodil (from 1922), Bezbozhnik u Stanka, and Smekhach. Cheremnykh’s work is rich in satiric allegory and symbolism, tending toward grotesque solutions that have a tremendous effect upon the viewer. In his posters and caricatures dealing with international and domestic topics, he frequently used montages of drawings devoted to related subjects and different graphic techniques. Cheremnykh also worked as a book illustrator and as a stage artist. A recipient of the State Prize of the USSR in 1942, he was also awarded the Order of the Badge of Honor and various medals. PROVENANCE INFORMATIONThe current lot comes from the collection of the esteemed collector and art critic Viktor Kholodkov (1948-2015), who fulfilled his passion for books, avant-garde design and paper memorabilia by devoting his life to collecting and dealing of prominent works of Russian graphic art of the first half of the 20th century. Kholodkov acquired a multitude of books and artworks throughout the decades, meticulously labeling and archiving every single item. Many came directly from the most preeminent artists of the time, as well as from their families and estates. He also possessed a vast number of drawings from the famous collection of another avant-garde enthusiast, Nikolai Khardzhiev. After leaving the USSR in 1989 and settling in California, Viktor continued his work as a Soviet art dealer and critic, actively publishing various articles and contributing to several major Russian avant-garde exhibitions across the U.S., such as the 1991 exhibition Russia Under Fire in the 40s on the West Coast and the 1992 Guggenheim exhibition The Great Utopia: The Russian and Soviet Avant-Garde. Kholodkov also contributed to the archives of the biggest American istitutions. His unique selection of over 2000 Russian sheet music covers was acquired by The Library of Congress, and an extensive amount of material related to VKhUTEMAS is now at the J. Paul Getty Museum.

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A RUSSIAN CITYSCAPE BY ROSKIN, 1931

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Description: ROSKIN, VLADIMIR IOSIFOVICH (RUSSIAN 1896-1984), Window View, 1931, gouache on paper, 42.5 x 33.5 cm (16 3/4 x 13 1/4 in), signed and dated lower right.PROVENANCE INFORMATIONThe current lot comes from the collection of the esteemed collector and art critic Viktor Kholodkov (1948-2015), who fulfilled his passion for books, avant-garde design and paper memorabilia by devoting his life to collecting and dealing of prominent works of Russian graphic art of the first half of the 20th century. Kholodkov acquired a multitude of books and artworks throughout the decades, meticulously labeling and archiving every single item. Many came directly from the most preeminent artists of the time, as well as from their families and estates. He also possessed a vast number of drawings from the famous collection of another avant-garde enthusiast, Nikolai Khardzhiev. After leaving the USSR in 1989 and settling in California, Viktor continued his work as a Soviet art dealer and critic, actively publishing various articles and contributing to several major Russian avant-garde exhibitions across the U.S., such as the 1991 exhibition Russia Under Fire in the 40s on the West Coast and the 1992 Guggenheim exhibition The Great Utopia: The Russian and Soviet Avant-Garde. Kholodkov also contributed to the archives of the biggest American istitutions. His unique selection of over 2000 Russian sheet music covers was acquired by The Library of Congress, and an extensive amount of material related to VKhUTEMAS is now at the J. Paul Getty Museum.

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A RUSSIAN LINOCUT OF A PEASANT SCHOOL BY PROSKURIAKOVA, CIRCA 1920S

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Description: PROSKURIAKOVA, ELENA KONSTANTINOVNA (RUSSIAN 1905-198?), Peasant School, circa 1920s, linocut on thin paper, 41.5 x 29.2 cm (plate mark 28 x 20 cm), 16 3/8 x 11 1/2 in (plate mark 11 x 7 3/4 in).PROVENANCE INFORMATIONThe current lot comes from the collection of the esteemed collector and art critic Viktor Kholodkov (1948-2015), who fulfilled his passion for books, avant-garde design and paper memorabilia by devoting his life to collecting and dealing of prominent works of Russian graphic art of the first half of the 20th century. Kholodkov acquired a multitude of books and artworks throughout the decades, meticulously labeling and archiving every single item. Many came directly from the most preeminent artists of the time, as well as from their families and estates. He also possessed a vast number of drawings from the famous collection of another avant-garde enthusiast, Nikolai Khardzhiev. After leaving the USSR in 1989 and settling in California, Viktor continued his work as a Soviet art dealer and critic, actively publishing various articles and contributing to several major Russian avant-garde exhibitions across the U.S., such as the 1991 exhibition Russia Under Fire in the 40s on the West Coast and the 1992 Guggenheim exhibition The Great Utopia: The Russian and Soviet Avant-Garde. Kholodkov also contributed to the archives of the biggest American istitutions. His unique selection of over 2000 Russian sheet music covers was acquired by The Library of Congress, and an extensive amount of material related to VKhUTEMAS is now at the J. Paul Getty Museum.

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A RUSSIAN ARCHITECTURAL DRAWING OF KREMLIN BY EISNER, 1927

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Description: EISNER, VLADIMIR (RUSSIAN 1875-?), Kremlin in Spring, 1927, gouache on paper laid on board, 24 x 23.5 cm (9 1/2 x 9 in), signed and dated lower right.PROVENANCE INFORMATIONThe current lot comes from the collection of the esteemed collector and art critic Viktor Kholodkov (1948-2015), who fulfilled his passion for books, avant-garde design and paper memorabilia by devoting his life to collecting and dealing of prominent works of Russian graphic art of the first half of the 20th century. Kholodkov acquired a multitude of books and artworks throughout the decades, meticulously labeling and archiving every single item. Many came directly from the most preeminent artists of the time, as well as from their families and estates. He also possessed a vast number of drawings from the famous collection of another avant-garde enthusiast, Nikolai Khardzhiev. After leaving the USSR in 1989 and settling in California, Viktor continued his work as a Soviet art dealer and critic, actively publishing various articles and contributing to several major Russian avant-garde exhibitions across the U.S., such as the 1991 exhibition Russia Under Fire in the 40s on the West Coast and the 1992 Guggenheim exhibition The Great Utopia: The Russian and Soviet Avant-Garde. Kholodkov also contributed to the archives of the biggest American istitutions. His unique selection of over 2000 Russian sheet music covers was acquired by The Library of Congress, and an extensive amount of material related to VKhUTEMAS is now at the J. Paul Getty Museum.

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A BOOK BY CARLO GOZZI IN RUSSIAN, 1922

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Description: ZELENAYA PTICHKA [Green Bird].Petropolis, 1922. Author: Carlo Gozzi, with exlibris of M.A Lerman. Text in Russian, 230 x 160 mm, edition of 1500. The Green Bird is a 1765 commedia dell'arte play by Carlo Gozzi. It is a sequel to The Love of Three Oranges.PROVENANCE INFORMATIONThe current lot comes from the collection of the esteemed collector and art critic Viktor Kholodkov (1948-2015), who fulfilled his passion for books, avant-garde design and paper memorabilia by devoting his life to collecting and dealing of prominent works of Russian graphic art of the first half of the 20th century. Kholodkov acquired a multitude of books and artworks throughout the decades, meticulously labeling and archiving every single item. Many came directly from the most preeminent artists of the time, as well as from their families and estates. He also possessed a vast number of drawings from the famous collection of another avant-garde enthusiast, Nikolai Khardzhiev. After leaving the USSR in 1989 and settling in California, Viktor continued his work as a Soviet art dealer and critic, actively publishing various articles and contributing to several major Russian avant-garde exhibitions across the U.S., such as the 1991 exhibition Russia Under Fire in the 40s on the West Coast and the 1992 Guggenheim exhibition The Great Utopia: The Russian and Soviet Avant-Garde. Kholodkov also contributed to the archives of the biggest American istitutions. His unique selection of over 2000 Russian sheet music covers was acquired by The Library of Congress, and an extensive amount of material related to VKhUTEMAS is now at the J. Paul Getty Museum.

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A RUSSIAN DRAWING OF A MALE FIGURE BY KOROLEV, CIRCA 1920S

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Description: KOROLEV, BORIS DANILOVICH (RUSSIAN 1884-1963), Study of a Male Figure, circa 1920s, pencil on paper, 71 x 53 cm (28 x 20 7/8 in), signed lower right. LOT NOTESBoris Korolev was a Soviet sculptor-monumentalist, teacher and public figure. As an artist Korolev stood at the origins of the Soviet school of sculpture, its mainstream, but he also was one of the leading figures in the avant-garde movement. In 1920s he played a prime role in the realization of Lenin's plan of monumental propaganda. In his own sculptural works Korolyóv combined Realism with elements of Impressionism and Cubism. Born in Moscow and educated at the Moscow School of Painting, Sculpture and Architecture under Sergei Volnukhin, Korolev was a committed revolutionary, deported twice for his political activity, and a leading figure of avant-garde sculpture in revolutionary Russia. He was an active participant in the execution of Lenin's Monumental Propaganda Plan of April 1918, which encouraged the destruction of Tsarist monuments and the rapid production of Soviet-themed sculptures and bas-reliefs. Unfortunately Korolev's rapidly produced 1919 concrete statue of Mikhail Bakunin, done in a Cubo-Futurist style and set up in Moscow, proved to be deeply unpopular and was dismantled within weeks. Despite changing tastes, Korolev continued working in Cubist style into the 1920s, and became professor of sculpture at the Soviet state art school, Vkhutemas. In 2009 he was the subject of a major retrospective at the Tretyakov Gallery.PROVENANCE INFORMATIONThe current lot comes from the collection of the esteemed collector and art critic Viktor Kholodkov (1948-2015), who fulfilled his passion for books, avant-garde design and paper memorabilia by devoting his life to collecting and dealing of prominent works of Russian graphic art of the first half of the 20th century. Kholodkov acquired a multitude of books and artworks throughout the decades, meticulously labeling and archiving every single item. Many came directly from the most preeminent artists of the time, as well as from their families and estates. He also possessed a vast number of drawings from the famous collection of another avant-garde enthusiast, Nikolai Khardzhiev. After leaving the USSR in 1989 and settling in California, Viktor continued his work as a Soviet art dealer and critic, actively publishing various articles and contributing to several major Russian avant-garde exhibitions across the U.S., such as the 1991 exhibition Russia Under Fire in the 40s on the West Coast and the 1992 Guggenheim exhibition The Great Utopia: The Russian and Soviet Avant-Garde. Kholodkov also contributed to the archives of the biggest American istitutions. His unique selection of over 2000 Russian sheet music covers was acquired by The Library of Congress, and an extensive amount of material related to VKhUTEMAS is now at the J. Paul Getty Museum.

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A RARE RUSSIAN ILLUSTRATED MONOGRAPH ON CHAGALL, 1923

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Description: MARK SHAGAL [Marc Chagall]. First Edition. Berlin: Petropolis, 1923. Author: Boris Aronson, text in Russian, 4to (254 x 190 mm), softcover, iillustrated. PROVENANCE INFORMATIONThe current lot comes from the collection of the esteemed collector and art critic Viktor Kholodkov (1948-2015), who fulfilled his passion for books, avant-garde design and paper memorabilia by devoting his life to collecting and dealing of prominent works of Russian graphic art of the first half of the 20th century. Kholodkov acquired a multitude of books and artworks throughout the decades, meticulously labeling and archiving every single item. Many came directly from the most preeminent artists of the time, as well as from their families and estates. He also possessed a vast number of drawings from the famous collection of another avant-garde enthusiast, Nikolai Khardzhiev. After leaving the USSR in 1989 and settling in California, Viktor continued his work as a Soviet art dealer and critic, actively publishing various articles and contributing to several major Russian avant-garde exhibitions across the U.S., such as the 1991 exhibition Russia Under Fire in the 40s on the West Coast and the 1992 Guggenheim exhibition The Great Utopia: The Russian and Soviet Avant-Garde. Kholodkov also contributed to the archives of the biggest American istitutions. His unique selection of over 2000 Russian sheet music covers was acquired by The Library of Congress, and an extensive amount of material related to VKhUTEMAS is now at the J. Paul Getty Museum.

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A RUSSIAN PORTRAIT OF A BOY BY TOPORKOV, 1933

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Description: TOPORKOV, ALEKSANDR ALEKSEEVICH (RUSSIAN 1896-1995), Portrait of Son, 1933, gouache on paper, 20 x 15 cm (8 x 6 in), signed, titled and dated on verso. LOT NOTES Aleksandr Toporkov was a Soviet Avant-garde painter, graphic artist and designer. Toporkov graduated from the Stroganov Moscow State University of Arts and Industry in 1918. He studied in VHUTEMAS from Aleksey Grishchenko. He was a member of Avant-garde group Tsvetodinamos. Toporkov participated in group exhibition of VKhUTEMAS professors with Aleksey Gritchenko (Color-Dynamics) and Alexander Shevchenko (Tectonic Primitivism) in 1919.PROVENANCE INFORMATIONThe current lot comes from the collection of the esteemed collector and art critic Viktor Kholodkov (1948-2015), who fulfilled his passion for books, avant-garde design and paper memorabilia by devoting his life to collecting and dealing of prominent works of Russian graphic art of the first half of the 20th century. Kholodkov acquired a multitude of books and artworks throughout the decades, meticulously labeling and archiving every single item. Many came directly from the most preeminent artists of the time, as well as from their families and estates. He also possessed a vast number of drawings from the famous collection of another avant-garde enthusiast, Nikolai Khardzhiev. After leaving the USSR in 1989 and settling in California, Viktor continued his work as a Soviet art dealer and critic, actively publishing various articles and contributing to several major Russian avant-garde exhibitions across the U.S., such as the 1991 exhibition Russia Under Fire in the 40s on the West Coast and the 1992 Guggenheim exhibition The Great Utopia: The Russian and Soviet Avant-Garde. Kholodkov also contributed to the archives of the biggest American istitutions. His unique selection of over 2000 Russian sheet music covers was acquired by The Library of Congress, and an extensive amount of material related to VKhUTEMAS is now at the J. Paul Getty Museum.

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A RUSSIAN DRAWING OF EXECUTION BY SOLOVIEVA, 1930

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Description: SOLOVIEVA, GALINA (RUSSIAN 1908-1984), Execution, 1930, ink on paper laid on cardboard, 35 x 22 cm (8 3/4 x 13 3/4 in), initialed lower left, signed, titled and dated on verso.PROVENANCE INFORMATIONThe current lot comes from the collection of the esteemed collector and art critic Viktor Kholodkov (1948-2015), who fulfilled his passion for books, avant-garde design and paper memorabilia by devoting his life to collecting and dealing of prominent works of Russian graphic art of the first half of the 20th century. Kholodkov acquired a multitude of books and artworks throughout the decades, meticulously labeling and archiving every single item. Many came directly from the most preeminent artists of the time, as well as from their families and estates. He also possessed a vast number of drawings from the famous collection of another avant-garde enthusiast, Nikolai Khardzhiev. After leaving the USSR in 1989 and settling in California, Viktor continued his work as a Soviet art dealer and critic, actively publishing various articles and contributing to several major Russian avant-garde exhibitions across the U.S., such as the 1991 exhibition Russia Under Fire in the 40s on the West Coast and the 1992 Guggenheim exhibition The Great Utopia: The Russian and Soviet Avant-Garde. Kholodkov also contributed to the archives of the biggest American istitutions. His unique selection of over 2000 Russian sheet music covers was acquired by The Library of Congress, and an extensive amount of material related to VKhUTEMAS is now at the J. Paul Getty Museum.

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A RARE FRENCH BOOK ILLUSTRATED WITH FULL-SIZE LITHOGRAPHS BY ANNENKOV, 1927

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Description: CRIME A SAN-FRANCISCO. Recit orne de huit lithographies originales de Georges Annenkoff. Paris: Au Sans Pareil, 1927. Text in French. Softcover. Illustrated with original full-size lithographs by Georgy (Yury) Annenkov. One of 20 copies on Japanese paper with double suite of illustrations.PROVENANCE INFORMATIONThe current lot comes from the collection of the esteemed collector and art critic Viktor Kholodkov (1948-2015), who fulfilled his passion for books, avant-garde design and paper memorabilia by devoting his life to collecting and dealing of prominent works of Russian graphic art of the first half of the 20th century. Kholodkov acquired a multitude of books and artworks throughout the decades, meticulously labeling and archiving every single item. Many came directly from the most preeminent artists of the time, as well as from their families and estates. He also possessed a vast number of drawings from the famous collection of another avant-garde enthusiast, Nikolai Khardzhiev. After leaving the USSR in 1989 and settling in California, Viktor continued his work as a Soviet art dealer and critic, actively publishing various articles and contributing to several major Russian avant-garde exhibitions across the U.S., such as the 1991 exhibition Russia Under Fire in the 40s on the West Coast and the 1992 Guggenheim exhibition The Great Utopia: The Russian and Soviet Avant-Garde. Kholodkov also contributed to the archives of the biggest American istitutions. His unique selection of over 2000 Russian sheet music covers was acquired by The Library of Congress, and an extensive amount of material related to VKhUTEMAS is now at the J. Paul Getty Museum.

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A DESIGN FOR THE PUBLISHING HOUSE COMMUNIST BY PROSKURIAKOV, CIRCA 1920S

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Description: PROSKURIAKOV, INNOKENTY PAVLOVICH OR KE-SHA (RUSSIAN 1901-1960), Communist, circa 1920s, ink, whitewash and pencil on paper laid on board, 18 x 18 cm (7 x 7 in), signed on verso.PROVENANCE INFORMATIONThe current lot comes from the collection of the esteemed collector and art critic Viktor Kholodkov (1948-2015), who fulfilled his passion for books, avant-garde design and paper memorabilia by devoting his life to collecting and dealing of prominent works of Russian graphic art of the first half of the 20th century. Kholodkov acquired a multitude of books and artworks throughout the decades, meticulously labeling and archiving every single item. Many came directly from the most preeminent artists of the time, as well as from their families and estates. He also possessed a vast number of drawings from the famous collection of another avant-garde enthusiast, Nikolai Khardzhiev. After leaving the USSR in 1989 and settling in California, Viktor continued his work as a Soviet art dealer and critic, actively publishing various articles and contributing to several major Russian avant-garde exhibitions across the U.S., such as the 1991 exhibition Russia Under Fire in the 40s on the West Coast and the 1992 Guggenheim exhibition The Great Utopia: The Russian and Soviet Avant-Garde. Kholodkov also contributed to the archives of the biggest American istitutions. His unique selection of over 2000 Russian sheet music covers was acquired by The Library of Congress, and an extensive amount of material related to VKhUTEMAS is now at the J. Paul Getty Museum.

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A RUSSIAN ABSTRACT DRAWING BY KYPREYANOV, CIRCA 1920S

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Description: KUPREYANOV, NIKOLAI (RUSSIAN 1894-1933), Abstract Composition, circa 1920s, ink and watercolor on paper, 42 x 30 cm (16-1/2 x 11-3/4 in), certified on verso.PROVENANCEArtist's familyLOT NOTES Nikolai Kupreyanov (1894-1933) was a Russian graphic artist and book illustrator. In 1912-1917 studied in workshops at the Academy of Arts under Kuzma Petrov-Vodkin, Dmitry Kardovsky and Elizaveta Zvantseva; as well as woodcutting under Anna Ostroumova-Lebedeva. He was a member of the OST and «4 Arts» groups, with David Shterenberg, Alexander Deineka (Deyneka), Yury Pimenov; and El Lissitzky, Ivan Kliun. Kupreyanov exhibited in several group exhibitions: in 1918 (Petrograd) with Popova, Chagall, Exter; in 1919 (Petrograd) with Mayakovsky, Rozanova, Filonov; in 1922 (Berlin) with Kandinsky, Malevich, Rodchenko, Gabo, Tatlin; in 1925 (Petrograd); 1925 (Paris); 1927 (Moscow); 1929 (New York). Kupreyanov's works were also exhibited in a personal exhibition, 1933-1934 (Moscow). PROVENANCE INFORMATIONThe current lot comes from the collection of the esteemed collector and art critic Viktor Kholodkov (1948-2015), who fulfilled his passion for books, avant-garde design and paper memorabilia by devoting his life to collecting and dealing of prominent works of Russian graphic art of the first half of the 20th century. Kholodkov acquired a multitude of books and artworks throughout the decades, meticulously labeling and archiving every single item. Many came directly from the most preeminent artists of the time, as well as from their families and estates. He also possessed a vast number of drawings from the famous collection of another avant-garde enthusiast, Nikolai Khardzhiev. After leaving the USSR in 1989 and settling in California, Viktor continued his work as a Soviet art dealer and critic, actively publishing various articles and contributing to several major Russian avant-garde exhibitions across the U.S., such as the 1991 exhibition Russia Under Fire in the 40s on the West Coast and the 1992 Guggenheim exhibition The Great Utopia: The Russian and Soviet Avant-Garde. Kholodkov also contributed to the archives of the biggest American istitutions. His unique selection of over 2000 Russian sheet music covers was acquired by The Library of Congress, and an extensive amount of material related to VKhUTEMAS is now at the J. Paul Getty Museum.

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A RUSSIAN DRAWING OF A LIBRARY SCENE, 1948

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Description: TOPORKOV, ALEKSANDR ALEKSEEVICH (RUSSIAN 1896-1995), Library Scene, 1948, watercolor on paper, 21 x 30 cm (8 1/4 x 12 in), signed, titled and dated on verso. LOT NOTES Aleksandr Toporkov was a Soviet Avant-garde painter, graphic artist and designer. Toporkov graduated from the Stroganov Moscow State University of Arts and Industry in 1918. He studied in VHUTEMAS from Aleksey Grishchenko. He was a member of Avant-garde group Tsvetodinamos. Toporkov participated in group exhibition of VKhUTEMAS professors with Aleksey Gritchenko (Color-Dynamics) and Alexander Shevchenko (Tectonic Primitivism) in 1919.PROVENANCE INFORMATIONThe current lot comes from the collection of the esteemed collector and art critic Viktor Kholodkov (1948-2015), who fulfilled his passion for books, avant-garde design and paper memorabilia by devoting his life to collecting and dealing of prominent works of Russian graphic art of the first half of the 20th century. Kholodkov acquired a multitude of books and artworks throughout the decades, meticulously labeling and archiving every single item. Many came directly from the most preeminent artists of the time, as well as from their families and estates. He also possessed a vast number of drawings from the famous collection of another avant-garde enthusiast, Nikolai Khardzhiev. After leaving the USSR in 1989 and settling in California, Viktor continued his work as a Soviet art dealer and critic, actively publishing various articles and contributing to several major Russian avant-garde exhibitions across the U.S., such as the 1991 exhibition Russia Under Fire in the 40s on the West Coast and the 1992 Guggenheim exhibition The Great Utopia: The Russian and Soviet Avant-Garde. Kholodkov also contributed to the archives of the biggest American istitutions. His unique selection of over 2000 Russian sheet music covers was acquired by The Library of Congress, and an extensive amount of material related to VKhUTEMAS is now at the J. Paul Getty Museum.

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A RUSSIAN DOUBLE SIDED DRAWING BY LIBAKOV, 1919

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Description: LIBAKOV, MIKHAIL VADIMOVICH (RUSSIAN 1889-1953), comprised:1. Seated Nude, 1919, watercolor on paper laid on thick paper, 25 x 23 cm (9 1/2 x 9 in), signed and dated upper right2. Portrait of a Girl, 1912, ink on paper, 19.5 x 19 cm (7 3/4 x 7 1/2 in), signed and dated lower right.PROVENANCE INFORMATIONThe current lot comes from the collection of the esteemed collector and art critic Viktor Kholodkov (1948-2015), who fulfilled his passion for books, avant-garde design and paper memorabilia by devoting his life to collecting and dealing of prominent works of Russian graphic art of the first half of the 20th century. Kholodkov acquired a multitude of books and artworks throughout the decades, meticulously labeling and archiving every single item. Many came directly from the most preeminent artists of the time, as well as from their families and estates. He also possessed a vast number of drawings from the famous collection of another avant-garde enthusiast, Nikolai Khardzhiev. After leaving the USSR in 1989 and settling in California, Viktor continued his work as a Soviet art dealer and critic, actively publishing various articles and contributing to several major Russian avant-garde exhibitions across the U.S., such as the 1991 exhibition Russia Under Fire in the 40s on the West Coast and the 1992 Guggenheim exhibition The Great Utopia: The Russian and Soviet Avant-Garde. Kholodkov also contributed to the archives of the biggest American istitutions. His unique selection of over 2000 Russian sheet music covers was acquired by The Library of Congress, and an extensive amount of material related to VKhUTEMAS is now at the J. Paul Getty Museum.

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A SATIRICAL ILLUSTRATION BY KANEVSKY, CIRCA 1930S

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Description: KANEVSKIY, AMINADAV MOISEEVICH (RUSSIAN 1898-1976), Satirical Illustration, circa 1930s, ink and watercolor on paper, 60 x 44 cm (23 5/8 x 17 1/4 in), signed lower right.PROVENANCE INFORMATIONThe current lot comes from the collection of the esteemed collector and art critic Viktor Kholodkov (1948-2015), who fulfilled his passion for books, avant-garde design and paper memorabilia by devoting his life to collecting and dealing of prominent works of Russian graphic art of the first half of the 20th century. Kholodkov acquired a multitude of books and artworks throughout the decades, meticulously labeling and archiving every single item. Many came directly from the most preeminent artists of the time, as well as from their families and estates. He also possessed a vast number of drawings from the famous collection of another avant-garde enthusiast, Nikolai Khardzhiev. After leaving the USSR in 1989 and settling in California, Viktor continued his work as a Soviet art dealer and critic, actively publishing various articles and contributing to several major Russian avant-garde exhibitions across the U.S., such as the 1991 exhibition Russia Under Fire in the 40s on the West Coast and the 1992 Guggenheim exhibition The Great Utopia: The Russian and Soviet Avant-Garde. Kholodkov also contributed to the archives of the biggest American istitutions. His unique selection of over 2000 Russian sheet music covers was acquired by The Library of Congress, and an extensive amount of material related to VKhUTEMAS is now at the J. Paul Getty Museum.

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A RUSSIAN ARCHITECTURAL DRAWING BY EISNER, CIRCA 1920S

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Description: EISNER, VLADIMIR (RUSSIAN 1875-1943), A view of Facade of the Building, circa 1920s, watercolor on paper, 41 x 29 cm (16 1/8 x 11 3/8 in). PROVENANCE INFORMATIONThe current lot comes from the collection of the esteemed collector and art critic Viktor Kholodkov (1948-2015), who fulfilled his passion for books, avant-garde design and paper memorabilia by devoting his life to collecting and dealing of prominent works of Russian graphic art of the first half of the 20th century. Kholodkov acquired a multitude of books and artworks throughout the decades, meticulously labeling and archiving every single item. Many came directly from the most preeminent artists of the time, as well as from their families and estates. He also possessed a vast number of drawings from the famous collection of another avant-garde enthusiast, Nikolai Khardzhiev. After leaving the USSR in 1989 and settling in California, Viktor continued his work as a Soviet art dealer and critic, actively publishing various articles and contributing to several major Russian avant-garde exhibitions across the U.S., such as the 1991 exhibition Russia Under Fire in the 40s on the West Coast and the 1992 Guggenheim exhibition The Great Utopia: The Russian and Soviet Avant-Garde. Kholodkov also contributed to the archives of the biggest American istitutions. His unique selection of over 2000 Russian sheet music covers was acquired by The Library of Congress, and an extensive amount of material related to VKhUTEMAS is now at the J. Paul Getty Museum.

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A RUSSIAN BOOK ON MAYAKOVSKIY POSTER DESIGN, 1940

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Description: MAYAKOVSKIY - PLAKATIST [Mayakovsky as Poster Artist]. First Edition. Leningrad: Iskusstvo, 1940. Author: Isaak Eventov, Illustrated by Mark Kirnarskiy. Text in Russian, large 8vo (228 x 178 mm), hardcover, edition of 3000. PROVENANCE INFORMATIONThe current lot comes from the collection of the esteemed collector and art critic Viktor Kholodkov (1948-2015), who fulfilled his passion for books, avant-garde design and paper memorabilia by devoting his life to collecting and dealing of prominent works of Russian graphic art of the first half of the 20th century. Kholodkov acquired a multitude of books and artworks throughout the decades, meticulously labeling and archiving every single item. Many came directly from the most preeminent artists of the time, as well as from their families and estates. He also possessed a vast number of drawings from the famous collection of another avant-garde enthusiast, Nikolai Khardzhiev. After leaving the USSR in 1989 and settling in California, Viktor continued his work as a Soviet art dealer and critic, actively publishing various articles and contributing to several major Russian avant-garde exhibitions across the U.S., such as the 1991 exhibition Russia Under Fire in the 40s on the West Coast and the 1992 Guggenheim exhibition The Great Utopia: The Russian and Soviet Avant-Garde. Kholodkov also contributed to the archives of the biggest American istitutions. His unique selection of over 2000 Russian sheet music covers was acquired by The Library of Congress, and an extensive amount of material related to VKhUTEMAS is now at the J. Paul Getty Museum.

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A RUSSIAN OKNA ROSTA PROPAGANDA POSTER BY MAYAKOVSKIY, 1920

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Description: MAYAKOVSKY, VLADIMIR (RUSSIAN 1893-1930), Okna Rosta N. 149 , published by NARKOMPROS ROSTA, designed in 1920, printed in 1960s, 69 x 48 cm (27 x 19 in).LITERATUREV.A. Katanyan, Maykaovskiy-Hudozhnik, (Sovetskiy Hudozhnik, 1963), pp. 67.PROVENANCE INFORMATIONThe current lot comes from the collection of the esteemed collector and art critic Viktor Kholodkov (1948-2015), who fulfilled his passion for books, avant-garde design and paper memorabilia by devoting his life to collecting and dealing of prominent works of Russian graphic art of the first half of the 20th century. Kholodkov acquired a multitude of books and artworks throughout the decades, meticulously labeling and archiving every single item. Many came directly from the most preeminent artists of the time, as well as from their families and estates. He also possessed a vast number of drawings from the famous collection of another avant-garde enthusiast, Nikolai Khardzhiev. After leaving the USSR in 1989 and settling in California, Viktor continued his work as a Soviet art dealer and critic, actively publishing various articles and contributing to several major Russian avant-garde exhibitions across the U.S., such as the 1991 exhibition Russia Under Fire in the 40s on the West Coast and the 1992 Guggenheim exhibition The Great Utopia: The Russian and Soviet Avant-Garde. Kholodkov also contributed to the archives of the biggest American istitutions. His unique selection of over 2000 Russian sheet music covers was acquired by The Library of Congress, and an extensive amount of material related to VKhUTEMAS is now at the J. Paul Getty Museum.

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A GROUP OF ORIGINAL PHOTOGRAPHS OF ROSTA WINDOWS, EHXIBIT OF MAYAKOVKY WORKS, 1930

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Description: MAYAKOVSKY, VLADIMIR (RUSSIAN 1893-1930), 20 LET RABOTY MAYAKOVSKOGO [20 Years of Mayakovskiy's Work], 1930, photo laid on cardboard, 31 x 57 cm (12 1/4 x 22 1/2 in) each. PROVENANCEFrom the archive of Victor Duvakin. LOT NOTESOriginal photographs (in 3 parts) of ROSTA WINDOWS. The photographs were presented at the famous first (and last at his lifetime) exhibition of Vladimir Mayakovski's creative work.PROVENANCE INFORMATIONThe current lot comes from the collection of the esteemed collector and art critic Viktor Kholodkov (1948-2015), who fulfilled his passion for books, avant-garde design and paper memorabilia by devoting his life to collecting and dealing of prominent works of Russian graphic art of the first half of the 20th century. Kholodkov acquired a multitude of books and artworks throughout the decades, meticulously labeling and archiving every single item. Many came directly from the most preeminent artists of the time, as well as from their families and estates. He also possessed a vast number of drawings from the famous collection of another avant-garde enthusiast, Nikolai Khardzhiev. After leaving the USSR in 1989 and settling in California, Viktor continued his work as a Soviet art dealer and critic, actively publishing various articles and contributing to several major Russian avant-garde exhibitions across the U.S., such as the 1991 exhibition Russia Under Fire in the 40s on the West Coast and the 1992 Guggenheim exhibition The Great Utopia: The Russian and Soviet Avant-Garde. Kholodkov also contributed to the archives of the biggest American istitutions. His unique selection of over 2000 Russian sheet music covers was acquired by The Library of Congress, and an extensive amount of material related to VKhUTEMAS is now at the J. Paul Getty Museum.

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A RUSSIAN BOOK ON MAYAKOVSKIY, 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 (330 x 228 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 ffep.PROVENANCE INFORMATIONThe current lot comes from the collection of the esteemed collector and art critic Viktor Kholodkov (1948-2015), who fulfilled his passion for books, avant-garde design and paper memorabilia by devoting his life to collecting and dealing of prominent works of Russian graphic art of the first half of the 20th century. Kholodkov acquired a multitude of books and artworks throughout the decades, meticulously labeling and archiving every single item. Many came directly from the most preeminent artists of the time, as well as from their families and estates. He also possessed a vast number of drawings from the famous collection of another avant-garde enthusiast, Nikolai Khardzhiev. After leaving the USSR in 1989 and settling in California, Viktor continued his work as a Soviet art dealer and critic, actively publishing various articles and contributing to several major Russian avant-garde exhibitions across the U.S., such as the 1991 exhibition Russia Under Fire in the 40s on the West Coast and the 1992 Guggenheim exhibition The Great Utopia: The Russian and Soviet Avant-Garde. Kholodkov also contributed to the archives of the biggest American istitutions. His unique selection of over 2000 Russian sheet music covers was acquired by The Library of Congress, and an extensive amount of material related to VKhUTEMAS is now at the J. Paul Getty Museum.

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A RUSSIAN BOOK ON PUPPET THEATRE BY SHVEMBERGER, SIGNED, 1934

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Description: TEATR KUKOL [The Puppet Theater]. First Edition. Moscow, 1934. Author: Viktor Shvemberger. Text in Russian. Softcover, 220 x 145 mm. Warmly inscribed and signed by the author (1934). Edition of 5000.PROVENANCE INFORMATIONThe current lot comes from the collection of the esteemed collector and art critic Viktor Kholodkov (1948-2015), who fulfilled his passion for books, avant-garde design and paper memorabilia by devoting his life to collecting and dealing of prominent works of Russian graphic art of the first half of the 20th century. Kholodkov acquired a multitude of books and artworks throughout the decades, meticulously labeling and archiving every single item. Many came directly from the most preeminent artists of the time, as well as from their families and estates. He also possessed a vast number of drawings from the famous collection of another avant-garde enthusiast, Nikolai Khardzhiev. After leaving the USSR in 1989 and settling in California, Viktor continued his work as a Soviet art dealer and critic, actively publishing various articles and contributing to several major Russian avant-garde exhibitions across the U.S., such as the 1991 exhibition Russia Under Fire in the 40s on the West Coast and the 1992 Guggenheim exhibition The Great Utopia: The Russian and Soviet Avant-Garde. Kholodkov also contributed to the archives of the biggest American istitutions. His unique selection of over 2000 Russian sheet music covers was acquired by The Library of Congress, and an extensive amount of material related to VKhUTEMAS is now at the J. Paul Getty Museum.

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A RUSSIAN POLITICAL CARICATURE BOOK WITH DRAWINGS BY EFIMOV, 1950

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Description: ZA PROCHNYY MIR [For Lasting Peace]. Moscow: Isskustvo, 1950. Political carucature drawings by B. Efimov. Text in russian, 280 x 240 mm. PROVENANCE INFORMATIONThe current lot comes from the collection of the esteemed collector and art critic Viktor Kholodkov (1948-2015), who fulfilled his passion for books, avant-garde design and paper memorabilia by devoting his life to collecting and dealing of prominent works of Russian graphic art of the first half of the 20th century. Kholodkov acquired a multitude of books and artworks throughout the decades, meticulously labeling and archiving every single item. Many came directly from the most preeminent artists of the time, as well as from their families and estates. He also possessed a vast number of drawings from the famous collection of another avant-garde enthusiast, Nikolai Khardzhiev. After leaving the USSR in 1989 and settling in California, Viktor continued his work as a Soviet art dealer and critic, actively publishing various articles and contributing to several major Russian avant-garde exhibitions across the U.S., such as the 1991 exhibition Russia Under Fire in the 40s on the West Coast and the 1992 Guggenheim exhibition The Great Utopia: The Russian and Soviet Avant-Garde. Kholodkov also contributed to the archives of the biggest American istitutions. His unique selection of over 2000 Russian sheet music covers was acquired by The Library of Congress, and an extensive amount of material related to VKhUTEMAS is now at the J. Paul Getty Museum.

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A RUSSIAN LITERARY-ARTISTIC MAGAZINE WITH COVER DESIGN BY KLUTSIS, 1923

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Description: GORN [Furnace]. Literary-Artistic and Social-Scientific Magazine. No. 8.Moscow: All-Russian and Moscow Proletkul't, 1923. Cover by Gustav Klutsis, logo by Sergei Senkin. Text in Russian, softcover, 220 x 178 mm, 284, (4) pp. 9 issues published in all. LITERATURES. Compton, Russian Avant-garde Books 1917-1934, (MIT Press, 1993), pp. 51PROVENANCE INFORMATIONThe current lot comes from the collection of the esteemed collector and art critic Viktor Kholodkov (1948-2015), who fulfilled his passion for books, avant-garde design and paper memorabilia by devoting his life to collecting and dealing of prominent works of Russian graphic art of the first half of the 20th century. Kholodkov acquired a multitude of books and artworks throughout the decades, meticulously labeling and archiving every single item. Many came directly from the most preeminent artists of the time, as well as from their families and estates. He also possessed a vast number of drawings from the famous collection of another avant-garde enthusiast, Nikolai Khardzhiev. After leaving the USSR in 1989 and settling in California, Viktor continued his work as a Soviet art dealer and critic, actively publishing various articles and contributing to several major Russian avant-garde exhibitions across the U.S., such as the 1991 exhibition Russia Under Fire in the 40s on the West Coast and the 1992 Guggenheim exhibition The Great Utopia: The Russian and Soviet Avant-Garde. Kholodkov also contributed to the archives of the biggest American istitutions. His unique selection of over 2000 Russian sheet music covers was acquired by The Library of Congress, and an extensive amount of material related to VKhUTEMAS is now at the J. Paul Getty Museum.

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ABSTRACT COMPOSITION BY TARKHANOV, 1933

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Description: TARKHANOV, MIKHAIL (RUSSIAN 1888-1962), Abstract Composition, 1933, starch with pigment on paper, 27 x 36 cm (10 1/2 x 14 in), signed and dated on verso.PROVENANCEArtist'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 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.PROVENANCE INFORMATIONThe current lot comes from the collection of the esteemed collector and art critic Viktor Kholodkov (1948-2015), who fulfilled his passion for books, avant-garde design and paper memorabilia by devoting his life to collecting and dealing of prominent works of Russian graphic art of the first half of the 20th century. Kholodkov acquired a multitude of books and artworks throughout the decades, meticulously labeling and archiving every single item. Many came directly from the most preeminent artists of the time, as well as from their families and estates. He also possessed a vast number of drawings from the famous collection of another avant-garde enthusiast, Nikolai Khardzhiev. After leaving the USSR in 1989 and settling in California, Viktor continued his work as a Soviet art dealer and critic, actively publishing various articles and contributing to several major Russian avant-garde exhibitions across the U.S., such as the 1991 exhibition Russia Under Fire in the 40s on the West Coast and the 1992 Guggenheim exhibition The Great Utopia: The Russian and Soviet Avant-Garde. Kholodkov also contributed to the archives of the biggest American istitutions. His unique selection of over 2000 Russian sheet music covers was acquired by The Library of Congress, and an extensive amount of material related to VKhUTEMAS is now at the J. Paul Getty Museum.

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ABSTRACT LANDSCAPE BY TARKHANOV, 1940

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Description: TARKHANOV, MIKHAIL (RUSSIAN 1888-1962), Zamki [Castles], 1934, oil-water medium on paper, 20 x 27 cm, mat size 31 x 41 cm; (8 x 10 1/2 in), mat size 12 1/4 x 16 1/4 in), signed and titled on front of the mat.PROVENANCEArtist'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.PROVENANCE INFORMATIONThe current lot comes from the collection of the esteemed collector and art critic Viktor Kholodkov (1948-2015), who fulfilled his passion for books, avant-garde design and paper memorabilia by devoting his life to collecting and dealing of prominent works of Russian graphic art of the first half of the 20th century. Kholodkov acquired a multitude of books and artworks throughout the decades, meticulously labeling and archiving every single item. Many came directly from the most preeminent artists of the time, as well as from their families and estates. He also possessed a vast number of drawings from the famous collection of another avant-garde enthusiast, Nikolai Khardzhiev. After leaving the USSR in 1989 and settling in California, Viktor continued his work as a Soviet art dealer and critic, actively publishing various articles and contributing to several major Russian avant-garde exhibitions across the U.S., such as the 1991 exhibition Russia Under Fire in the 40s on the West Coast and the 1992 Guggenheim exhibition The Great Utopia: The Russian and Soviet Avant-Garde. Kholodkov also contributed to the archives of the biggest American istitutions. His unique selection of over 2000 Russian sheet music covers was acquired by The Library of Congress, and an extensive amount of material related to VKhUTEMAS is now at the J. Paul Getty Museum.

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