May 2012 Monthly Auction
Congratulations to C. Willoughby who placed the winning bid of $1,000 for April's auction painting "Dneprovskey Tune" at $3,000- $3,500 and K. Thorkelson who had the high bid of just $500 to win April's second auction painting "Summer on Dacha" estimated at $3,500- $4,000.
For May we are again pleased to offer TWO great auction paintings, "Trees" by Victoria Nikolaevna Kostenko and "Spring" by Konstantin G. Molteninov.
Bidding begins at $250, followed by minimum bidding increments of $250. The auction will end Monday, April 30th at 6:00 pm.
AUCTION PIECE #1
Victoria Nikolaevna Kostenko, is a signifigant regional artist in the Dnepropetrovsk area of Eastern Ukraine. She was a rare Soviet woman whose talent was overflowing. Notably, she was able to paint right along with the patriarchal male artists who were generally uncomfortable with women artists. Nonetheless, Victoria Nikolaevna was greatly respected as a master artist and has enjoyed a long career despite her gender.
Kostenko, Victoria Nikolaevna b. 1926
The artist Victoria Nikolaevna Kostenko - the Ukrainian and Russian artist, the painter, the schedule. Was born in 1926 in Kamyshlov of Sverdlovsk area, Russia. In 1949 has finished Sverdlovsk art school. The participant of art exhibitions since 1956. A member of the union of artists of Ukraine since 1965. Products are stored in
The Dnepropetrovsk art museum and private collections. Lives and works in Dnepropetrovsk.
Victoria Nikolaevna Kostenko is listed in "A Dictionary of Twentieth Century Russian and Soviet Paintings 1900-1980", by Matthew Cullerne Bown.(page 162).
AUCTION PIECE #2
Konstantin Georgievich Molteninov is a colorist. He was one of the first artists we met with on our first trip to Russia in the early 1990's. Molteninov had a studio on Vasalevsky Island. He was a very quiet humble man. His studio was filled with a lifetime of art. Naturally, it is very rare to find much of an artist's lifetime work gathered in a studio. But to our surprise we discovered artworks that were carefully ordered and numbered was the accumulated work of Konstantin G. Molteninov. Paintings from the 1930's, 1940's, and right up to the late 1980's.
In the old Soviet system there were no collectors, dealers or galleries-- only the government and the artist Unions that were controlled by the government. Apparently, while being an incredibly talented artist, Molteninov was not a particularly good communist. Furthermore, he was not quiet about giving his opinions. |
While in Stalin's time Moltenov might have disappeared into the gulag, the price he paid was a rocky association with the government and artist union. Thus explaining the many masterpieces in the studio. They were works collected from a lifetime, but almost completely unseen as payback for an artist who refused to be helpful in spreading the 'communist word'.
With joy and appreciation, we acquired a good number of his works. Konstantin Georgevich was very pleased to know his paintings were at last going to be seen and appreciated.
Molteninov, Konstantin Georgievich b. 1924
Konstantin G. Molteninov was born October 2, 1924 in the Penza region. The family moved to St. Petersburg in 1932 and in 1939 Molteninov entered art college, enrolling in the Secondary Art School at the Academy of Arts in 1941.
During World War II, the pupils of the school were evacuated and Molteninov left to join in the war effort. After the war, Molteninov resumed his education and in 1953 he graduated from the Repin Institute. At the institute he studied under L.F. Ovsjannikov, V.N. Mashkov, M.G. Platunov, and P.P. Frents. During this time, Molteninov's outlook and creative works were influenced by Prussian realists of the pre-Revolutionary period. Molteninov mainly appreciated their ability to express truth and beauty and it is these two criteria that are the cornerstones of his creative outlook, as demonstrated in many of his paintings.
Molteninov his artwork on people of labor, collective farmers, sportsmen, and countryside people. Their lives, worries and anxieties were at the center of his creative attentions. The Revolution and War themes were also the subject of many of the artist's paintings. In them he sought to avoid ceremonious pomposity and insincerity; instead he portrayed the truth of battle and the people of war. He helped create the diorama The Breakthrough of the Siege of Leningrad in January of 1943. He has been a participant in numerous exhibitions in Russia and his works are represented in private collections in Russia, England, France, Italy, Turkey, Japan, Norway, and the United States.