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12 June, 12:00

Landscape by Ivan Marchuk and sculpture by Olha Rapai set new records at an auction in Kyiv

Landscape by Ivan Marchuk and sculpture by Olha Rapai set new records at an auction in Kyiv
From May 30 to June 8, Kyiv's Goldens auction house held its 61st auction entitled “Collectible Classical Art” dedicated to works by Ukrainian classics from the 1890s to the early 20th century. It featured 42 art lots, almost 40% of which went under the hammer.

The main lot was Ivan Marchuk's painting “The Moon Rises Over the Dnipro”, painted in 1980. This work was recently exhibited at the exhibition “Ivan Marchuk. The Known Unknown” at the National Museum ‘Kyiv Art Gallery’ as the artist's most iconic and largest lunar landscape.
Ivan Marchuk. “The Moon Rises Over the Dnipro”
Ivan Marchuk. “The Moon Rises Over the Dnipro”
"The painting radiates silence and harmony, as if inviting you to delve into a magical world where nature and the moon are intertwined into a single whole. Starting from the experience of the classics of night landscape and fluorescent light Archip Kuindzhi and Hryhorii Svitlytskyi, Ivan Marchuk transforms the classical approach through the prism of his vision and subtle coloristic flair and technical skill,” the auctioneers say.
As a result, the artist's work was sold from a private collection for $250 thousand, the total amount including commission and author's fee amounted to $300,000. This set a new world record for sales of works by Ivan Marchuk personally and contemporary Ukrainian artists in general at Ukrainian and international auctions. 
The new owner is a US citizen. He decided to remain anonymous, but personally thanked the artist for his artwork.
Experts note an increase in the value of Marchuk's works by 30-50% in recent years.
Olga Rapai. “Harlequin and Pierrot”
Olga Rapai. “Harlequin and Pierrot”
The second record at the auction was set by Olha Rapai's sculptural composition “Harlequin and Pierro”t. It went under the hammer for 35 thousand dollars. This amount exceeds not only all previous sales of the sculptor's works, but also Ukrainian ceramics in general. According to Goldens representatives, this result clearly demonstrates the growing interest in Ukrainian ceramics.

Source: goldens.auction / facebook

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