Lot 18: Roman Orgy by Vasily Kotarbinsky

MacDougalls

2015-11-12 13:00:42

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Lot 18: KOTARBINSKY, VASILY (1849-1921) Roman Orgy, signed, inscribed "Roma" and indistinctly dated 189?. Oil on canvas, 166 by 221 cm. Related literature: For another version of the present lot, see G. Romanov, A. Muratov, Zhivopis russkogo salona (1850-1917 gg.). Entsiklopediya, St Petersburg, Zolotoi Vek/Sankt-Peterburg Orkestr, 2004, p. 321, illustrated. The painting offered here at auction, entitled Roman Orgy, is a version by Vasily Kotarbinsky of the best-known historical composition that he created. According to the 1899 catalogue of the State Russian Museum, a variant of this picture of truly monumental proportions (300 by 500 cm) was in the museum's first collection, having been acquired from the Imperial Academy of Arts in 1898 using funds provided by Nikolai II. MacDougall Arts Ltd's Russian Art Wednesday, 2nd December 2015 Estimate: £550,000-£900,000
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