Konstantin Georgievich Molteninov
Oil on board
40 x 48 cm
Provenance: John Barkes, London, bought from the artist in the artist's studio, St. Petersburg
Literature: Sketch for Noon 1965, illustrated in A Dictionary of Twentieth Century Russian and Soviet Painters, Mathew Cullerne Bown, Izomar Limited, London 1998, page 212
Molteninov (born 1924), turned 90 last November. There was a party and presentation at the Artists' Union to mark the occasion. Recently a Chinese gallery paid him US$ 10,000 each for a selection of his large Soviet Realist paintings. Expensive to buy from, but he is just about the only artist of this generation with period paintings to sell. Trebled his prices. Premium artist.