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Impressionist & Modern Art

The sale of Impressionist & Modern Art at Bloomsbury Auctions on 27th June promises to be the most interesting and successful yet. Following on from his success with modern Russian paintings and drawings in December 2005, Richard Aronowitz-Mercer, the Head of Department, has sought out an exciting array of modernist Russian works of art, which form the backbone of the June sale.

The highlights include an extremely fine Constructivist painting by the Russian-Jewish painter, El Lissitzky (1890-1941). Entitled “Proun”, this canvas has been in the collection of the same family for nearly sixty years. Lissitzky’s works of this quality are rararities at auction and this wonderful example is estimated at £220,000-280,000.

The sale also includes about sixty Russian and Eastern European works of art from the 1890s to the 1960s, encompassing drawings, watercolours, paintings, sculptures and propaganda posters. With prices ranging from £200 to over £200,000, the scope of this section of the sale is very broad and caters for all tastes and budgets.

Other highlights include a very fine, Chagall-like portrait in oils, “Man with a Beard”, by Natan Altman (1889-1970) at £50,000-70,000; a lively 1914 gouache costume design for “Le Coq d’or” by Natalia Goncharova (1881-1962) at £1,800-2,500; a vibrant abstract composition in gouache by Sonia Delaunay (1885-1979) at £5,000-7,000; and a beautiful watercolour portrait from 1892, “Vera Ilyinishna Repina”, by the Russian Impressionist Ilya Repin (1844-1930) at £7,000-9,000.

Alongside this richness of Russian works, the 27th June sale also features a strong Impressionist & Modern European Art section, including a very fine 1969 drawing by Pablo Picasso (1881-1973) at £7,000-9,000; two bronze sculptures by Salvador Dali (1904-1989); a delightful watercolour of flowers from 1939 by Oskar Kokoschka (1886-1980) at £6,000-8,000; and a fine 1970 oil-painting of a colourful and near-abstract “Dog” by the later COBRA artist, Karel Appel (1921-2006) at £25,000-35,000.

Modern British Art closes the sale encompassing paintings, watercolours, drawings and sculptures by landmark artists such as Patrick Procktor, Augustus John, Francis Newton Souza, John Bratby, Josef Herman, Stanley William Hayter and Edward Burne-Jones.

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