Russian art collectors are turning to works by early 20th century Russian painters, according to the international auction house Bonhams which is offering several examples of work by artists of this period in its forthcoming sale of Russian Art in London on 3 June. Bonhams International Director of Russian Fine and Decorative Arts, Yelena Harbick, said, “At the moment, collectors’ interest is shifting towards Russian artists who embraced European Modernism and who contributed to the artistic developments of the early 20th century.” Bonhams 3 June sale, for instance, features an outstanding still life – Voilier et coquillage – by Alexandra Exter (1884-1949), one of the most important Russian artists working in Paris in the 1930s. This monumental work – 40 x 30 inches – was completed around 1935 and is a compelling still life from the artist’s later period inspired by sailing, sea objects

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