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The Most Valuable Works by Russian Painters

Sunday, 16 August 2009

most valuable works russian painters In spite of the fact that the most expensive work of the Russian painter is not included in the Top 10 Most Expensive Paintings in the World, there are many paintings worth telling about. «White Center» by Mark Rothko is on the twelfth line in the world's rating, and it takes the first place in the rating of the most expensive paintings of Russian painters. The works by this painter are highlyvalued. His «White Center» (1950), sold for $72,8 million at the Sotheby's in 2007, is followed untitled painting created in 1954 and sold for $26,92 million the same year.

The fourth place goes to Mark Rothko again with another untitled painting of him from 1961 sold for $22,44 million at Sotheby's in 2007 while the fifth place is given to him as well, now to his painting «Worship for Matisse» from 1954 sold for $22,416 million at Christie's in 2005. Top 10 Most Valuable Paintings by Russian Artists includes one more work by Mark Rothko, «№ 6» (1954) that takes the eighth place costing $17,368 million. This work was sold in 2004 at Christie's.

This painter is hard to believe to be of Russian roots though he was born in Dvinsk, that time it was the town in the territory of Russia and now it is Daugavpils, Latvia. When a boy was 10 years old, the family immigrated to USA, where young Mark studied at the Yale University and later on at the Arts League for students in New York. First paintings by Rothko were in the realism style and only in 40s the works by him quickly evolved from dreamy compositions and Greek tragedy plots to absolutely pointless shapes. To the early 50s he even simplified the structure of his paintings to two-three zones of bright clear color. And these exact works are most valuable among others.

Well, let's come back to paintings again. The Top 3 Most Valuable Paintings of Russian artists includes «White sound» (1908) by Vasiliy Kandinskiy, the painting was sold for $23,3 million at Sotheby's in 2007. His work called «Fugue» (1914) takes the sixth place, sold for $19,441 million in 1990. By the way, many artworks by this painter were sold for a fortune at the world-known auctions, like «The Doomsday» (1910) was sold for $5,2 million in 1995, «Weilheim- Marienplatz » (1909) for $4,974 million in 2007, «Village in the Mountains» (1908) for $4,953 million in 2001, «Autumn landscape» for $3,96 million in 1989, «Brun dense» (1930) for $1,61 million Euro in 2007 and many others.

Another famous Russian artist whose works are in the list of the most expensive paintings, is Chaim Soutine «A Man in Red Scarf» (1921) was sold for $17,2 million at Sotheby's in 2007 while «Carcass of Beef» (the work of 1924) in 2006 went for $15,2 million at Christie's.

The legendary Russian painter Marc Chagall (the place where he was born belongs to Byelorussia now), acknowledged and accepted when he was alive, worked a lot and his works are worth being valued very high and they are very expensive. For instance, «Birthday» (1923) was evaluated for $14,850 million in 1990, «Big Circus» (1956) in 2007 was sold for $13, 7 million, «Russian Village in Moon» (1911) was sold for $8,253 million in 1999, «Yellow Chair» (1911) was sold for $5,503 million in 1999, and the painting «Violinist With the World Upside Down » from 1929 года was evaluated for $ in 60 years after the painting was created.

The Russian artist Natalya Goncharova' life and artworks match harmonically, she never faced difficulties or catastrophes in her artistic life. In the opinion of the Russian poetess Marina Tsvetaeva who often visited Goncharova «First, Nataly Goncharova always works, second, she works everywhere, and third, she all her work. All the topics, the sizes, all ways of creation with oil, watercolor, tempera, crayon, pencil, color pencils, charcoal- what else? She is involved in all spheres of painting, she starts everything and wins. She is the art phenomenon as well as the there is the natural phenomenon». The offspring could evaluate her artworks adequately when her «Flowers» from 1912 was sold for $10,9 million at Sotheby's this year. The previous year the other work by Picking Apples from 1909 for $9,9 million.

There are so many talented Russian painters, though some of them are still unknown to the wide public, and their names will be revealed only when their paintings are sold for a fortune at the world's famous auctions.

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