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Russian artists sale creates interest

Haslemere based auctioneers, John Nicholson Fine Art held another of their regular sales of contemporary Russian art on Sunday July 13th at their Fernhurst Auction Rooms.

This sale included nearly 200 lots and once again there were several paintings which included dogs within the canvas. Breeds represented naturally include the Borzoi, with two works by Vladimir Gusev and one by Konstantin Razumov. Other breeds noted include Westies (4), Papillon and Basset Hound.

Lot 14: Vladimir GUSEV. ‘By the River’ Oil on canvas signed. 19.5" x 15.5" (50 x 40cm) and made £1200 in the sale. Gusev was born in 1957 in Orekhovo-Zuevo, son of the 1940s/50s Soviet Realist painter Sergey Gusev. Vladimir is a graduate from the Surikov Institute, studying under Viktor Tsyplakov. Vladimir likes working in the open air and spends much time working with his father and specialises in country landscapes. The dominant colours of his works are calm and reserved and their moods cheerful and joyous. A frequent visitor to Paris, where he has started to paint cafe society and the life of the Parisians.

Lot 7: Konstantin RAZUMOV. ‘Reading’ Oil on canvas signed. 19.5" x 28.5" (50 x 73cm) Estimated at £3,000 but failed to reach its reserve. Razumov was born in 1974 and studied in the Russian Academy of Fine Arts under Ilya Glazunov. Originally specialising in historical works, in which he achieved great success, he now works in all genres, from nudes to landscapes. A characteristic of his work are the bright colours and expressive features of his subjects. Very much a rising star of contemporary Russian art, his paintings consistently fetch high prices at auctions in the West.