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.

Announcement of the auction ArtSale.info No. 95. Sveshnikov, Zverev, Sobolev-Nolev, Steinberg, Borisov, Voloshin and others. October 27 — November 2, 2021

A masterpiece by the acknowledged master of Kafkaesque romance. The most valuable period. 1975. Large size. The highest degree of elaboration. Absolutely museum level. Looking at this soft, sublime painting, it is difficult to suggest that painting for Sveshnikov in the late 1940s — early 1950s was a way of preserving sanity in the harsh conditions of the camp. The young artist, tormented by hunger and illness, imagined and painted imaginary worlds. In the evenings in the barracks, after hard work, ladies and gentlemen would begin to twirl on sheets of paper. And their gallant pas was watched by the death-girlfriend.

Announcement of the auction ArtSale.info No. 93. Neizvestny, Sveshnikov, Grositsky, Voligamsi, Khamdamov, Gintovt, Rozhdestvensky and others. October 13–19, 2021

A one-meter canvas, a main theme and a ringing title: “Steel Soul”. An unquestionable museum level. Neizvestny is one of the main representatives of unofficial post-war art. A legend. “Steel Soul” belongs to the fertile period of Neizvestny's first years in exile, a period in which he was able to reproduce in material many of the ideas that were conceived in his homeland.

Announcement of the auction ArtSale.info No. 82. Sveshnikov, Vulokh, Neizvestny, Yakovlev, Krasnopevtsev, Geta and others. July 28 — August 3, 2021

What many consider Sveshnikov's Kafkaesque romance is actually a sublimation of the difficult and traumatic memories of his youth. At 19, he was arrested on a trumped-up case of preparing an assassination attempt on Stalin and sent to the camps almost to certain death. Sveshnikov quickly lost his health and was driven to the brink of madness by starvation and disease. But he survived by a miracle thanks to the help of his friends, and his drawing sessions helped him keep his sanity. The works of the 1980s are considered by many connoisseurs to be the pinnacle of Sveshnikov's art. His phantasmagorias were becoming more and more complex in terms of subject, and painting was reaching the highest degree of elaboration.

Announcement of the auction ArtSale.info No. 80. Kharitonov, Zverev, Krasnopevtsev, Sveshnikov, Burliuk, Bukh, Zubarev and others. July 14–20, 2021

Artist of the Lianozovo group. Participant of the historical exhibition in the “Beekeeping” pavilion in 1975. A distinctive master, whom colleagues called “a preacher of the good”. The famous collector and enthusiastTalochkin pointed out that Kharitonov's paintings are “a small gem, iridescent in hundreds of colorful and semantic shades”. And his technique resembles “a shimmering mosaic of fine smalt”.

Announcement of the auction ArtSale.info No. 76: Zverev, Yakovlev, Nemukhin, Sveshnikov, Silis, Koshelokhov, Burliuk and others. June 16–22, 2021

It is believed that Sokolniki is the cradle and “domain” of Zverev. There he once went to classes at the local art studio. There he was noticed by the sister of actor and choreographer Alexander Rumnev, who became Zverev's mentor and patron for several years. It was at the painting of the pavilions in Sokolniki that Zverev's virtuoso brushwork was noticed by knowledgeable people. From there, his way to fame began.

Announcement of the auction ArtSale.info No. 60. Yakovlev, Nemukhin, Steinberg, Zverev, Zubarev, Sveshnikov, Burliuk and others. February 24 — March 2, 2021

Before us is a great rarity. An example of a large, nervous painting by Vladimir Yakovlev. And one of his most important themes is the cat. There is a beautiful legend that Yakovlev once saw from the window of a psychiatric hospital how a cat caught a pigeon. He was shocked, imagining himself in the place of the unfortunate bird. But knowledgeable people say otherwise. The cat in Yakovlev's work was inspired by Picasso's “Cat Catching a Bird”. Dramatic philosophical subject: a metaphor of human destinies, a conversation about the predator and the victim, about the defenselessness of man in the face of circumstances.

Announcement of the auction ArtSale.info No. 58. Chemiakine, Nemukhin, Kikoïne, Yurlov, Sveshnikov, Krasnopevtsev and others. February 10–16, 2021

Tushenosh — a porter of cut carcasses — is a philosophical metaphorical image in Chemiakine's work. For the artist, it was an opportunity to show the symbolic neighborhood of life and death, a reflection on the vanity of vanities and, of course, an expression of the aesthetic rapture received in The Belly of Paris. The “stomach”, or “belly of Paris”, the writer Émile Zola called the food market Les Halles — the epitome of a bustling commercial life and its attendant vices.