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Recent record-breaking sales of Russian art

The two major auction companies dealing in fine art, Sotheby’s and Christie’s, have recently done extremely well in the sale of Russian art. Sotheby’s sale in New York on Wednesday, May 3, brought the highest total ever for a sale of Russian art - $46.7 million. The piece that sold for the most – Nikolai [...]

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Soviet Propaganda Art

Political art by A. Nozhkin. Much of the art of Russia was created to make a political statement. There are countless portraits of Lenin and Stalin and other works that glorify the political system, such as Lenin with Peasants by Vladimir Ivanov. However, there were also works produced during this period that do the opposite of [...]

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Socialist Realism

From the beginning of the Socialist regime in 1917, Soviet art focused on exalting the proletariat and the motherland. Soviet artists were encouraged by the government to create “beautiful” art that would enhance the state by glorifying the masses and their leaders in their socialist society. Lenin himself once said: Art belongs to the [...]

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Changes in Russian Art

The fall of communism was both good and bad for Russian art. For one thing, art was no longer censored by the government and artists could now paint whatever subject matter they wished. On the other hand, under Socialism, the government had given artists the noble cause of uplifting the masses. After the fall of [...]

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The Russian Academy of Arts

The Academy The Russian Academy of Arts, founded in 1947, is the backbone of the Soviet/Russian artistic academic system. The Academy, composed of around 100 members and 150 corresponding members, oversees the art academies and institutes in Russia, the most notable being the Repin Institute in St. Petersburg and the Surikov Institute in Moscow, and dictates [...]

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Our Restoration Process

When our paintings first arrive from Russia, some of them, especially the older ones, are dirty and sometimes damaged from years of lying around in stacks in the artists’ studios, traveling to shows around Russia, or hanging in various public buildings. We clean and restore these paintings. Cleaning The cleaning of dirty paintings is probably the most [...]

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