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Russian literature and art at auction Bloomsbury
ARTinvestment.RU   13 октября 2008

October 29 in New York will buy the children's pictures of Nicholas II, the letter of Alexander Benois, the first edition of the play «The living corpse» Leo Tolstoy, Ivan Puni Suprematist cards ...

October 29 in New York for the bidding to appear Bloomsbury Russian books, letters, manuscripts, journals, photographs, posters, graphic and pictorial works the early twentieth century. At the auction will be presented to all the major trends in art and literature of the period: the symbolism, akmeizm, Futurism, Suprematism, Constructivism.

One of the main «primanok» for collectors is a collection of 48 photographs of members of the imperial Romanov family (estimeyt 25-35 thousand dollars). Among them - 16 portraits of Alexander II, is mainly surrounded by family. In addition, the collection has 7 pictures of Nicholas II, made in different periods of his life - from early childhood until 1917.

At the auction will also be presented a collection of poetic K. R. Under this pseudonym, as is known, published an uncle of Nicholas II, Grand Duke Konstantin Romanov. The collection was published in the edition of 150 copies. Constantine always more interested in poetry and art, as politics and warfare. He wrote the picture, playing the piano, wrote poetry and plays. His poetry collection is estimated at 5-8 thousand dollars.

Bloomsbury submit complete edition of the journals «Apollo» (30-40 thousand dollars), «Balance» (30-40 thousand), «The Golden fleece» (50-70 thousand), «Capital and the estate» (50 -70 thousand). One of the numbers «Capital & Estates», presented at the auction, was confiscated by the Bolsheviks, as well as telling about the life of the imperial family. The main theme of the magazine, which published from 1913 to 1917, were entertainment high society. Elegant men and women whose pictures were printed on its pages, it seems, lived in his own world, parallel to where the terrible war raging and the impending bloody revolution.

At the auction will be rare books, among which the first edition of the play by Leo Tolstoy «living dead» (estimeyt 1-2 thousand). Tolstoy wrote it after watching the play «Uncle Vanya» on the play by Chekhov, Lev Nikolayevich production was very unhappy. Tolstoy was a piece about the 1900, but published only after the writer's death. Chekhov, too, will be presented at the Bloomsbury - a collection «The stories and stories» (20-30 thousand dollars), which the writer gave the waiter Moscow Grand Hotel Semyon Bychkov.

At the tender put the book «Picasso and surroundings» Ivan Aksenova in processing Alexandra Exter (1-1,5 thousand ), «swineherd» Hans Christian Andersen with illustrations Mstislav Dobuzhinsky (600-800 dollars) and «Twelve» Alexander Blok with illustrations Natalia Goncharova and Mikhail Fedorovich Larionov ( 1-1,5 thousand).

deserves special attention «Art Book» collages from the artist Ivan Puni (estimeyt 15-20 thousand dollars), and also his Suprematist gouaches on cards, each of which is estimated at 5-8 thousand.

One of the top lots Bloomsbury - Nikolay Gumilev album niece Maria, where the recording to the memory of it made Anna Akhmatova, Aleksandr Blok, Vsevolod Meyerhold and others. It is estimated at 150-200 thousand.

Also interesting items related to the history of «Russian Ballet» Serge Diaghilev and cabaret «Bat» Nikita Baliyeva. Among them, the program of American tour companies Diaghilev, signed by the founder of «Russian ballet», and its primary star Vaclav Nizynski (25-35 thousand), as well as a letter to Alexander Benois , sent to ballet critic Cyril Beaumont (Cyril Beaumont), who strongly supported the «Russian ballet». The letter is decorated with drawings (watercolor and gouache), depicting a scene from the ballet «Swan Lake». Estimeyt - 6-8 thousand.

In addition, bids will be presented posters, lithographs, drawings and paintings by such artists as Sergei Sudeikin , Sergei Tsarenko , Georges Pozhedaeff , -Issachar Ber Rybak .

Material prepared Yulia Maksimova

Sources: artdaily.com , bloomsburyauctions.com , artinvestment.ru

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