Summer Auctions


Sotheby’s will be holding two auctions of Russian paintings in June. On June 9th 50 lots will be auctioned at the Russian Art Evening sale and on the tenth 379 lots will be auctioned in two sessions at the Russian Paintings sale. Featured artists include Vasili Vasilievich Vereshchagin, Ivan Konstantinovich Aivazovsky, Konstantin Egorovich Makovsky, Ilya Efimovich Repin, Konstantin Alexeevich Korovin, and Petr Petrovich Konchalovsky.

“Paris by Night” – Konstantin Alexeevich Korovin

The auctions feature an interesting series -five in all- of nighttime street scenes in Paris by Korovin, and an interesting study by Elena Luksch-Makovsky of Repin’s students (below).

“Repin’s Students, St. Petersburg, Somov, Kustodiev, Murashko, Maliavin, and Chmarov” Elena Luksch-Makovsky

Other highlights include Aivazovsky’s Pushkin and Countess Raevskaya by the Sea near Gurzuf and Partenit which is expected to sell for up to $3.5 Million, and Konstantin Korovin’s View from the Terrace, Gurzuf, valued at 1.6 million.

Heritage Auctions

Newcomer Texas based Heritage Auctions ( will be holding their first Russian Fine Art Auction on the 4th of June which will include works by the Russian master artists: Mikhail Konstantinovich Klodt, Nikolai Timkov, Konstantin Makovsky, David Burliuk, Konstantin Yuon and Ivan Kliun. According to their website “Heritage’s inaugural auction of Russian fine art follows their sale of Ivan Konstantinovich Aivazovsky’s remarkable Pushkin at the Water’s Edge which they sold in Dallas last October for a total of $1.6 million. With many noted Russian artists’ works in this sale estimated at well over $200,000 each, this auction promises to set records for American-owned auction houses that are entering the exciting Russian fine art market”


Author: Barry O'Keefe

Artist/printmaker from Richmond, Va

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