Boris Kustodiev Masterpiece to Headline MacDougall’s Russian Art Sales

artwork: Genrikh Semiradsky - "The New Bracelet", Oil on canvas, 80 by 57 cm., Est. 250,000–300,000 GBP. Courtesy of MacDougall’s Russian Classic Art Auction

LONDON.- An exceptional portrait by Boris Kustodiev will be among the highlights of London’s June 2011 Russian week. Painted in 1911 while Kustodiev was undergoing treatment in the Swiss resort town of Leysin, this intimate portrait of his daughter Irina was included in the 1912‐1913 World of Art exhibition in St Petersburg, Moscow and Kiev, as well as the Baltic Exhibition in Malmö in 1914. In 1924 it was shown at the Russian Art Exhibition in New York and was subsequently acquired by an American collector. Offered for the first time at auction, Portrait of Irina Kustodieva is estimated at £1,200,000-1,800,000.