March 2012 Monthly Auctions
Congratulations to Rebecca & George Pyle who placed the winning bid of $3,000 for February's auction painting "Winter Day" estimated at $3,500- $4,000.
For March we are excited to feature TWO auction pieces! When we first began our monthly auctions more than a year ago, we were unsure of how they would be received. We are pleased to announce that the auctions have been a tremendous success, and to celebrate, we have two auction pieces this month.
"Playing the Accordion" by Stanislav G. Shlyahtin (estimated at $3,500- $4,000) and "Village Church" by Alexander P. Sukhov(Estimated Value, $2,500- 3,000). Bidding begins at $250, followed by minimum bidding increments of $250. The auction will end Saturday, March 31st at 9:00 pm.
AUCTION PIECE #1
Stanislav Viktorovich Shlyahtin, "Playing the Accordion",
Estimated Value $3,500-4,000, Winning Bid $3,000 J. Graney
"Many years ago, our Leningrad staff, a group of energetic, young art enthusiasts, planned a visit to the City of Gorky. We had traveled to many, many cities all across the 12 time zones of Russia. We boarded the overnight train and traveled to one of Russia's biggest cities. Arriving early in the morning, we spent the day visiting numerous artists and were invited to the studios of many of them. All the artists had lots of paintings---and they were top notch. It was an amazing, immensely enjoyable day. Toward the end of the day, one artist in particular caught our eye, Stanislav Viktorovich Shlyahtin. He was one of the most intriguing and talented artists that we had met that day and he invited us to join him in his small studio kitchen for some fried potatoes mixed with fresh mushrooms. It was delicious. As we ate, the conversation turned to my courage. My courage?
The artist reminded us that Gorky (now Nizhny Novgorod) was a city strictly off limits to foreigners, it was a CLOSED CITY. Gorky was military and nuclear research center and a city where Russian political figures were often exiled, the most famous was dissident Andrei Sakharov. Any foreigner found in Gorky was immediately arrested and assumed to be a spy and subject to ten years in prison. The artist complimented me on my commitment to the art, despite the obvious and real threat of imprisonment!
"Upon learning this news, we finished our dinner and were headed quickly and quietly back to Moscow. However, before I left, there was one painting that particularly caught my eye, this month's auction painting of the artist's grandson playing the accordion. I purchased that painting and three other paintings by the artist." -Jim Dabakis
Stanislav Viktorovich Shlyahtin- b. 1928
The artist was born on 8 May 1928 in the town of Kosmodemiansk in Mari Autonomous Republic. He graduated from the Art Faculty of the All-Union Institute of Cinematography in 1955. He became a member of the Union of Artists in 1961. Shlyahtin's creative talent was focused mainly on thematic painting, landscapes and portraiture. The artist enjoys creating genre images of workers enjoying everyday life. His landscapes are distinguishable by their particular sincerity and warmth. In 1964 he was honored with a personal exhibition in Gorky.
A list of the artist's main exhibitions follows:
1955 Exhibition of Works by Artists from Gorky and Yaroslavl, Gorky.
1956 All-Union Exhibition of Diploma Works of Artists of Art Colleges of the USSR, graduates of 1955.
1957 All-Union Exhibition of Works of Artists Devoted to the 6th World Youth Festival.
1957 Republic Art Exhibition Devoted to the 40th Anniversary of the Great October Socialist Revolution.
1958 '40 Years of VLKSM' 1918-1958, Gorky.
1958 Exhibition of Artists of Povolzhia, Yaroslavl.
1964 Zone exhibition 'The Great Volga', Samara.
1964 Personal exhibition, Gorky.
1972 Exhibition of Works of Artists of Gorky region devoted to 750 Years of Gorky. Nizhni Novgorod, Gorky, Leningrad.
1984 Exhibition of Works of Artists of Gorky region, Moscow.
AUCTION PIECE #2
Alexander Pavlovich Sukhov, "Village Church"
Estimated Value $2,500-3,000, Winning Bid $1,250, R. Rose
This painting is a 'plein air' study, a sketch, painted from life in one sitting. A sketch is the quickest and perhaps the most authentic look at an artist's immediate impression of the countryside. It is not romanticized nor are all the details worked out. The artist simply and rawly paints what he or she sees. The artist, Alexander P. Sukhov, in this work gives us his raw energy and look at the beautiful Russian countryside.
Alexander Pavlovich Sukhov- b. 1921
He was born in the town of Kasimov (Ryazan Region) in 1921. He has been living and working in Moscow since 1939. He is a member of Moscow Union of Artists. He graduated from the Artistic College named after the Memory of the 9th of January in Moscow. Since 1953, he has been participating in the City, Republican, zonal and All-Union Art Exhibitions. In 1941-1945, he had been taking part in the Great Patriotic War.
As for his creative activity, the artist continues the traditions of the Russian realistic school. He successfully combines artistic touches of the academician art with free natural painting. Sukhov A.P. paints in various genres, such as complicated multi-figure genre compositions, official and chamber portraits, urban and rural landscapes. For many years, the artist has been making his trips to gather material for his creative work. He visited different regions of Russia, such as Vladimir, Yaroslavl, Kostroma Regions, as well as Siberia and the Ural.
The paintings of Sukhov A.P. are exhibited in local museums of Russia, as well as they are kept in a number of private art collections both in Russia and abroad.