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Works by Vrubel, Larionov, Kandinsky to be put up for auction in London

May 31, 19:17 UTC+3 LONDON
Four auction houses - Bonhams, MacDougall’s, Christie's and Sotheby's - will take part in the Russian Art Week
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LONDON, May 31 /TASS/. Artworks by Russian painters - Alexei Harlamoff (1840-1925), Mikhail Vrubel (1856-1910) and Mikhail Larionov (1881-1964) will be put up for auction at Bonhams auction house part of the Russian Art Week opening in London next week.

Russian portrait-painter Alexei Harlamoff's "Book" will be one of the main lots on June 8. The canvas, which depicts three girls passionately reading a history book, is appraised at 200-300 thousand British pounds [$290,000-$440,000], a source at Bonhams told TASS.

Rare and Early Larionov

Mikhail Vrubel's "Dante and Virgil" created at the Abramtsevo artists’ colony has the same appraised value.

"A Still Life with Fish and Flowers" by Mikhail Larionov (1881-1964) will be of particular interest to art collectors. The canvas is estimated at 80-100 thousand British pounds ($117,000-$145,000).

"It is a rare and splendid Larionov," Darya Chernenko, director of the Bonhams Russian art department, said. "The pictures of such quality and level are rare in the market. It will naturally arouse interest among Russian and international collectors, experts and cultural institutions," Chernenko said.

MacDougall's auction house

The MacDougall’s auction house will also take part in the Russian Art Week in London. A rare canvas by Wassily Kandinsky's "Rural Landscape" will be one of the main subjects of the auction. The picture depicting a Russian village of Vasilyevskoye was painted in 1903 and is estimated at 280-350 thousand British pounds ($410,000-$512,000). Experts have appraised a canvas by the famed Russian marine painter Ivan Aivazovsky (1817-1900) called "The Survivor" at 450-600 thousand British pounds ($660,000-$878,000).

Other remarkable lots include two paintings by Sergei Vinogradov (1869-1938), which have been put up for an auction by a collector from South Africa. His grandfather whose name remains anonymous bought the paintings in Riga, Latvia, back in 1935. Vinogradov painted the two pictures from his series about the Pskovo-Pechersky Monastery in 1928-1929. Their appraise value ranges from 50 thousand to 90 thousand British pounds ($73,000-$131,000).

The Palmyra theme

Concurrently, MacDougall's will offer a canvas called Palmyra, which belongs to the brush of Alexander Yakovlev (1887-1938). The artwork painted in 1933 depicts the ruins of the ancient Syrian town of Palmyra, which was liberated from militants of the Islamic State terrorist group (banned in Russia) earlier this year. Its value is appraised at 110-150 thousand pounds ($160,000-$220,000).

Four auction houses - Bonhams, MacDougall’s, Christie's and Sotheby's - will take part in the Russian Art Week.

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