NEW YORK – Bonhams presents Fedor Zakharov: In Pursuit of Perfect Form, an exhibition of portraits, still lifes and landscapes by the renowned 20th century Russian artist. The exhibition runs August 8-26 at Bonhams New York.
"The artistic significance of this collection cannot be overstated. It is a rare and significant event — to discover a trove of masterworks by such an important Russian artist that have not been seen in public or known to art historians for more than half a century," said International Director of Russian Fine and Decorative Arts Yelena Harbick. "Until now, Fedor Zakharov's oeuvre was represented only by the occasional portrait or minor work offered at auction, which made it difficult to fully comprehend the scope of his artistic legacy."
The versatile and enigmatic Zakharov (1882-1968) began his career in the creative atmosphere of pre-revolutionary Moscow and matured as an artist in the culturally diverse artistic scene of New York during 1930-1960.
After his works were enthusiastically received at the successful Russian art exhibition at Grand Central Palace in New York in 1924, Zakharov decided to stay in America in hopes of building international success and recognition.
Collected by American elite, foreign diplomats and other notable personalities, Zakharov's radiant works are celebrated for their elegant realism, lyricism and luminosity. He found inspiration from life around him, while exploring meticulous compositions using objects, light and space in search of a perfect form of expression. Many of these collectors remained generous patrons through the artist's long and productive career, through which he remained true to his artistic vision and its relationship with reality. His efforts in understanding arts and its role in society was recognized as he received numerous prestigious awards and participated in exhibitions around United States.
The exhibition is drawn from a prominent private collection of late Winifred Babcock, wife of Charles Henry Babcock of North Carolina — both devoted patrons of Zakharov and collectors of his largest body of work in the U.S. It showcases select portraits, landscapes, still lives and archival materials that have not been seen in public for half of the century, and taken as a whole, they represent a lasting legacy of a remarkable artist.
Exhibition hours (free and open to the public): Aug. 8-26 from 10 a.m-5 p.m. EST at 580 Madison Avenue, New York, New York 10022
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