A Footprint in the Sand. The mystery of Boris Sveshnikov's painting

The original title of this amazingly complex painting was among the mysteries deliberately left by the author. Boris Sveshnikov often wrote the title and date on the back. But not this time. As a result, the painting changed its title several times over the 60 years. Someone saw in it a park at dusk, someone a path in the evening woods, someone a trail in the sand. The clue, meanwhile, was in the most prominent place. But in order to see the plot, a drop of magic was needed: the attentive viewer had to be helped at just the right moment by the light that fell correctly.

Announcement of the auction ArtSale.info No. 104. Nesterova, Nemukhin, Neizvestny, Vulokh, Zverev, Kropivnitsky, Sveshnikov, Bukh, Slepyshev, Koshlyakov and others. January 12–18, 2022

Natalia Nesterova created her very recognizable, distinctive contemplative neo-primitivism almost 50 years ago. And her language remains contemporary even today. Her paintings are a conversation about life here and now. She tries more often to remind of modest pleasures and moments of happiness. Nesterova does not reproach or educate. Her paintings are about rejoicing in good weather, pleasant company, delicious food and the opportunity to travel to interesting places.

Announcement of the auction ArtSale.info No. 103. Koshlyakov, Rukhin, Sveshnikov, Zverev, Vulokh, Nemukhin, Erte, Voloshin, Kawarga and others. December 22, 2021 — January 11, 2022

Thirty years ago, Valery Koshlyakov, together with Avdey Ter-Oganyan, were associates in the “Art or Death” partnership. The artists lived, worked and organized exhibitions in the legendary squat on Trekhprudny Lane. Today, Valery Koshlyakov is already a classic of contemporary Russian art. He lives and works in Paris. And auction prices for some of his works are approaching $ 150,000.

Announcement of the auction ArtSale.info No. 102. Komar and Melamid, Vulokh, Zverev, Nemukhin, Sveshnikov, Yakovlev, Voligamsi, Surovtseva and others. December 15–21, 2021

The artists of the duo Komar and Melamid are known primarily as the inventors of Sots Art, which they coined in 1972. The term itself is a combination of “pop-art” and “socialist realism”. But unlike American pop-art, which drove advertising to the point of absurdity, Vitaly Komar and Alexander Melamid came up with the idea of bringing symbols of ideological propaganda to the point of absurdity.

Announcement of the auction ArtSale.info No. 100. Zverev, Krasnopevtsev, Vulokh, Roginsky, Neizvestny, Sveshnikov, Plavinsky, Grositsky, Savko and others. December 1–7, 2021

Why did Nikolina Gora become such a place of power in Zverev's work? Oksana Aseeva had a dacha in this picturesque village near Moscow. She was a widow of the poet Nikolay Aseev, a friend of Mayakovsky. A woman of progressive views, she was the “muse of Russian futurism”. But today we often think of her as the muse of Anatoly Zverev. Zverev loved to visit Nikolina Gora, lived in pleasant company and worked with pleasure.

Announcement of the auction ArtSale.info No. 98. Neizvestny, Zverev, Krasnopevtsev, Sveshnikov, Potekhin, Kokurin, Fomiuk and others. November 17–23, 2021

Before us is a profound philosophical reflection on human destiny. What does man live for? What is his purpose? To preserve himself and savor the joys of life? Or to bear a burden? Or is all life a preparation for a feat? Ernst Neizvestny's favorite personages and protagonists of his works are people of the mission, restless, seeking, ready for self-sacrifice. Those who live not for joy, but for conscience. His heroes are icaruses and prometheuses. Devotees, flying into the sun and bringing light to people.

Announcement of the auction ArtSale.info No. 96. Bukh, Zverev, Silis, Sveshnikov, Yakovlev, Nemukhin, Chuikov, Burliuk, Marevna and others. November 3–9, 2021

In his essay on the artist's work, Valery Silaev very aptly compares Bukh to a volcano, and his painting method to the boiling lava. Bukh was tuning himself for some time, he was getting psyched up. And then he rushed into action — quickly and expressively. He mixed paints on canvas, spread them with fingers and brush, rubbed with newspapers and rags. His work was a physiological necessity. From morning till night. If finished paintings were not picked up in time, sometimes the artist painted them anew.