Announcement of the auction ArtSale.info No. 109. Neizvestny, Grositsky, Shorin, Zverev, Nesterova, Roginsky and others. February 16–22, 2022

The title of this painting by Ernst Neizvestny refers to the Latin saying “Per aspera ad astra” by the Roman stoic philosopher Seneca. It translates as “through hardships to the stars”, a metaphor for the relentless pursuit of victory in spite of all difficulties. But in Neizvestny's painting, the title should be taken not metaphorically, but literally. It is a painting about space, about the conquest of the unknown, a hymn to human courage.

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. 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. 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. 87. Neizvestny, Zverev, Yakovlev, Belenok, Provotorov and others. September 1–7, 2021

The artist and sculptor Ernst Neizvestny is a lump of post-war unofficial art. He is the author of the 75-meter monument “Lotus Flower” in Egypt, “Masks of Sorrow” in Magadan, “Tree of Life” in Moscow and other outstanding works. The man was not only talented, but also uncompromising and amazingly courageous. Ernst Neizvestny's modernist works are very recognizable stylistically and interesting for philosophical deconstruction. His paintings are populated by powerful centaurs, half-robots, symbolizing the mixing of humanity and technical progress. And also distorted face-masks, Prometheus, Icarus and the humanistic “tree of life” are the pinnacle of his philosophical quest.

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.