There are a lot of millionaires in Russia now, and their money has been showing up at art auctions, especially those featuring Russian painters. On Monday in London, a painting entitled, “A Parisian Café,” by Czarist master Ilya Repin sold for $7.3m, more than Christie’s ever scored for a Russian painting.
Done in an impressionist style, Repin’s large scale painting was branded as scandalous when first displayed in Paris. It has been privately owned and not seen publicly for nearly a century. Repin outlived the shocked criticism and is recognized as one of Russia’s greatest artists of the late 19th Century.
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