A lost masterpiece by the Russian landscape painter Alexei Savrasov, The Volga near Yurevets, will be offered as one of the star lots of Sotheby’s Russian Pictures sale on 2nd June 2015. Last exhibited in 1871, the work was known only from a black and white photograph until its rediscovery in France last year. Widely considered one of Savrasov’s finest paintings and documented extensively in the literature on the artist, it is his most important work to appear at auction (est. £1.4-1.8 million). Jo Vickery, International Director of Russian Art ‘The reappearance of this landmark work by one of the masters of 19th century Russian art is momentous. Had the work entered a Soviet museum collection in the 20th century it would likely have become a well-loved and famous icon of 19th century Russian landscape painting. One of the real privileges and excitements of handling Russian art

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