Thomas Kearns McCarthey Gallery

November 2016 Monthly Auction

Congratulations to J. Churchill who placed the winning bid of $1,700 for October's silent auction painting "Autumn" by Veniamin A. Safonov, estimated at $3,000- $3,500.

As our November silent auction selection, we are pleased to present a work perfect for the Holiday Season, "Old Lagoda" by a renowned landscape painter and representative of the Leningrad School Vsevolod A. Bazhenov.

Vsevolod A. Bazhenov is an important Soviet artist who lived and worked in Leningrad. He was a member of the Leningrad branch of Union of Artists of Russian Federation, and regarded as one of the representatives of the Leningrad school of painting, most famous for his landscape paintings.Beginning in 1937, Bazhenov had numerous personal exhibitions all across Russia and his works are included in the permanent collection The Russian State Museum and museums all across the Russian Federation.

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Vsevolod A. Bazhenov, "Old Ladoga"
26" x 19", 67.31, 1983, Oil on Board
Estimated at $3,500 to $4,500 Framed, Winning Bid, $1,750 by S. Klintworth

Interestingly, during the 1960's and 1970's, Bazhenov worked with a group of Leningrad artists, and painted pictures for the dining halls of ocean-going military ships and submarines. He create about 100 paintings for ships of various purposes, mostly landscapes of Mother Russia. The works were installed on the warships of the Pacific and Northern fleets.

After his time painting for the military, Bazhenoy returned to his first love, the Russian countryside. Beginning in the mid-1960's and for twenty years Bazhenov was the head of a creative group of artists in called 'Staraya Ladoga' a co-op for the arts. Here he painted many sketches and paintings.

Bazhenov's painting "Old Ladoga" is typical for the artist for the period of the 1980's. The title has reference to a small village on the coast of the large Lake Lodoga in the Leningrad Region. "Old Ladoga" combines the fresh, blue, crisp Russian winter air with a traditional sleigh. The work was likely painted Plein Air. This little gem has the depth of experience of a well trained and experienced artists together with the spontaneity of a work painted from life.

We invite you to participate in this month's auction and thank everyone who placed bids last month. This is an exceptional opportunity to add a beautiful work by a highly acclaimed artist to your collection. Estimated at $3,500 to $4,500, the current high bid is just $1,750! The next bid is $2,000, followed by minimum bidding increments of $250. Remember, there is no reserve, at the end of the auction the high bid wins!

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 bazVsevolod Andreevich Bazhenov, (1908 - 1986)
(translated from the original Russian)

Vsevolod Bazhenov was born February 18, 1908 in Serdobsk, Penza region Russian Empire. His childhood artistic tendencies were inspired by his father, who taught him how to draw. He was raised in an creative atmosphere; his mother was a pianist and his father was a artist.

Bazhenov began his formal training at an Art Studio in his home town under the instruction of A.E. Gofert and N.V. Kusmin. From 1927 to 1930, Bazhenov studied at the Art Industrial College at the Academy of Arts (Leningrad) in the classes of D.O. Kiplig and M.I. Avilov. He participated in several geological expeditions and traveled through the Urals, Kursk region, Armenia, Kurdistan, and Karelia during the mid-1930s. He composed numerous paintings and sketches, mainly landscapes and portraits, on these trips.

In 1934 Bazhenov began working as a graphic painter at a the Leningrad cartography factory and continued this work there until 1941.

In 1940 he married Catherine Andreyevna Kuznetsova. His eldest son Alexander was born June 24, 1941, and later became a filmmaker.

After the beginning of the Great Patriotic War, Bazhenov and his family were sent to Sverdlovsk city for special protection. In December 1942 he was drafted into the Red Army with the rank of lieutenant-technique as a senior cartographer. Bazhenov was discharged at the end of 1945, and awarded the Medal "For the Victory over Germany in the Great Patriotic War 1941-1945".

In late 1945 Bazhenov returned to Leningrad. From the autumn of 1946 he worked as painter for hire in Lenizo. In 1946, his middle son Vladimir was born, followed in 1952 by his youngest Andrew.

In 1946 Bazhenov became a member of the Leningrad Community of Artists and in 1951 he a member of the USSR Union of Artists, participating in many Leningrad and All-Union exhibitions. In the 1950s, Bazhenov made some long trips around the country to gather materials for paintings, including East and West Siberia, Altai Province and the Ural Region. As a result of these trips, Bazhenov was considered a leading master of nature studies in Leningrad.

In 1962 Bazhenov embarked on a working voyage aboard the ship "Eugene Nikishin", sailing from Leningrad to Vladivostok and around Europe and Asia with stops in ports of Gibraltar, Suez, Singapore and Vietnam. During the course of the voyage, which took him through eleven seas and oceans, and lasted more than three months, Bazhenov created nearly two hundred sketches, paintings and drawings. His nature sketches and direct impressions of the voyage led to larger works, finished later in his Leningrad art studio.

After his return in 1963, about 200 works from this series of sketches and paintings were first exhibited in Leningrad, and following that, in other cities in more than ten solo exhibitions.

During the 1960s and 1970s, Bazhenov worked with a group of Leningrad artists, and painted pictures for the dining halls of ocean-going ships and submarines. He create about 100 paintings for ships of various purposes, mostly landscapes of his country. Most of these works were installed on the warships of the Pacific and Northern fleets. He also took part in the creation of special technologies for protecting pictures from the high humidity of a long-time voyage. In 1976, the artist was awarded the commendation of the Navy of the USSR for this job.

9217-FaaSince the mid-1960s for twenty years Bazhenov was the head of a creative group of artists in the House of creativity ¬ęStaraya Ladoga¬Ľ in Staraya Ladoga. Here he painted many sketches and paintings. Bazhenov visited Karelia for the first time in 1931. Of the artist's creative journeys, it has been said that Karelia was one of his most special locations. In 1981 he first visited Valaam island, at the invitation of the local museum. From then until death Valaam was one of the main themes of his work. In 1984 the Valaam museum held a solo exhibition of paintings by Vsevolod Bazhenov. In its archives are kept many paintings based on impressions from visiting the island.

Bazhenov is first referred to in art exhibitions dating from 1937. After 1951, he was constantly involved in Leningrad, Republican, and All-Union exhibitions of soviet artists, including the All-Union Art Exhibition of 1957 in Moscow, devoted to the 40th Anniversary of the October Revolution. His plaintings included landscapes, genre scenes, seascapes, still lifes, works in oil and tempera paintings.

Vsevolod Andreevich Bazhenov died on August 2, 1986 in Leningrad aged seventy-eight. He is remembered for his landscapes, seascapes, and small-format nature studies. His personal exhibitions were in Leningrad (1963, 1982), and Saint Petersburg (1994, 2009). His paintings reside in the Russian State Museum, in art museums and private collections in Russia, Japan, France, England, in the U.S., China, and throughout the world.

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Fine Arts of Russian Federation. 1917 - 1957. Vol. 1. Artists of Moscow and Leningrad. - ?oscow: Izobrazitelnoe Iskusstvo, 1957. - p. 205.
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A fun new tradition at the TKM Gallery, every month we select a painting and hold a no reserve silent auction.  Over the months there have been some 'steals' and some bidding wars but no matter the outcome, it has been exciting for our Russian art collectors.

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