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Hammer and Sickle: Soviet-Era Art Auctioned at Sotheby’s London

LONDON – Sotheby’s auction house in London will sell a series of Soviet-era artworks to mark the 100th anniversary of the Russian Revolution.

Works are expected to fetch anything from 1,000 pounds ($1,334), like a poster by Dmitry Moor titled “A Red Present to the White Gentleman” (1920), to a monstrous 3.5 million pounds for Alexander Alexandrovich Deineka’s “The Coal Miner” (1925), which depicts a poor miner from the Donbass region.

Though some are simple portraits and still lifes, others have a more political slant, such as Alexander Gerasimovat’s “Herd of the Collective Farm,” which originally showed Soviet leader Joseph Stalin and military official Kliment Voroshilov in the Kremlin, but as anti-Stalinism took hold in the 1950s, was partially painted over to show women taking care of cows on a field.

He never finished the second work, leaving behind a strange painting that shows a huge Stalin and Voroshilov towering over a field that looks planted in the middle of Moscow.

A slice of the panel was removed but later found in the artist’s studio and is now reattached to the original painting, making it look flag-shaped.

The artworks are to be exhibited ahead of the auction on Tuesday.

 

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