Screen Shot 2016-11-18 at 11.32.24 Vasily Tropinin, Portrait of a Gentleman in a Plaid Waistcoat, 1847

Vasiliy Tropinin is regarded as the patriarch of the Moscow school of painting. The various social strata of Russia's old capital sat for Tropinin. The clothing and hairstyle of this sitter signify that he was most likely part of Moscow's merchant community or was a civic dignitary. Portrait of a Gentleman in a Plaid Waistcoat was painted in the mature period of the Tropinin's creative life, when he had achieved his own distinct manner of painting.

Nicholas Roerich, St Mercurius of Smolensk, 1919 Nicholas Roerich, St Mercurius of Smolensk, 1919

St Mercurius of Smolensk is an outstanding work from Nicholas Roerich's Sancta series, one of the most important components of his oeuvre, now almost entirely held in museum collections.

During and following WWI, Roerich created a series of works devoted to holy warriors and intercessors who defended Russia and the Christian faith at a time when all hope of rescue seemed vain. Two versions of St Mercurius of Smolensk are known. This work of 1919, is executed in an austere and restrained manner, which Roerich deemed appropriate to the nature of the martyrdom of St Mercurius, who gave his life to the rescue of Smolensk.

Geli Korzhev, On a Black Background Geli Korzhev, On a Black Background

Geli Korzhev stands at the very heart of the history of Russian Realist painting in the second half of the 20th century. Korzhev was one of the cornerstones of the Severe Style artistic movement, which dominated Soviet art in the 1960s.  Painted during his best period, this masterpiece showcases all the outstanding qualities of Korzhev’s distinctive style, fully developed by that point in his artistic career.

Yuri Pimenov, Kyoko the Japanese Girl, 1975 Yuri Pimenov, Kyoko the Japanese Girl, 1975

The theme of enigma in Far-Eastern theatre can be traced throughout Pimenov's entire career, from the 1920s and to the 1970s with the artist's best late works, one of which, Kyoko the Japanese Girl, is presented for  auction at MacDougall's. Pimenov painted it upon his return from a visit to Tokyo in 1975, where he had had a solo exhibition of his works, under the auspices of the Presidium of the USSR Academy of Arts. His exhibition in Japan had been a great success and according to the official report, it was completely sold out to museums and collectors.

Screen Shot 2016-11-18 at 11.33.20 Aleksandr Deineka, Football Players

Football Players by Aleksandr Deineka is the artist's bronze cast of his eponymous wooden sculpture. Deineka's decision to produce this and two other known casts of the same sculpture is specifically connected with his artistic career in the late 1940s and 1950s.
Deineka admitted that his first experiments with the artistic rendering of movement were inspired by football: ''The game of football is what spurred me to find my own artistic language.''

Aleksandr Deineka, Portrait of Paula Freiberg, 1922–1924 Aleksandr Deineka, Portrait of Paula Freiberg, 1922–1924

Another important work by Aleksandr Deineka, is Portrait of Paula Freiberg, which is from the same important private collection in Switzerland.  It is created in a style which was typical to his work from the 1920s. Paula Freiberg was a young artist who became his close friend and like-minded colleague, and together were involved in the October Union.

Andrei Mylnikov, Nude, 1972 Andrei Mylnikov, Nude, 1972

This painting is an outstanding work from the peak creative period of Andrei Mylnikov. His works are rare, especially in private hands, but are present in leading Russian museums such as the Tretyakov Gallery and the State Russian Museum. A Professor and Vice President of the Russian Academy of Arts, Mylnikov’s oeuvre is strongly connected to the history of Soviet art and history of the St Petersburg Repin Institute. Mylnikov transforms the achievements of French Impressionism, by bringing into it unique colour palette of the Leningrad Academic School.

The auction also includes major works by David Burliuk, Lev Lagorio, Petr Konchalovsky, Mikhail Larionov, Vasily Polenov, Ivan Shishkin, Nikolai Sverchkov, Aleksandr Volkov and Alexander Yakovlev.

William MacDougall, Director, explained: ''The June Russian art auctions showed renewed excitement in the market.  There was a buzz in the room, with a number works going several times estimate and a feeling that the market was returning to health after a difficult period. We look forward to continued growth in the market in the November Russian Week.''

MacDougall's Russian Art sale will take place on November 30, 2016. Viewing will take place from November 21–29. Check out the full catalog here.