20th-Century Michael Kikoine Painting
Appraised Value: $7,000 - $10,000
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Appraisal Video: (2:25)
Paintings & Drawings
Nan Chisholm Fine Art, Ltd.
GUEST: My late husband had an art gallery in Denver, and he had a man named Pogzeba that ran it for him. And Pogzeba went to Europe and bought paintings and brought them back. And all we have is what he says, because he didn't have much proof of anything. I can't read that. I guess that's the signature of who did it. It looks like "Kikiori" or something like that, but I don't think that's right. I know nothing about him or where he's from, and I'd like to know.
APPRAISER: Okay. Well, the artist's name is Michel Kikoine, and he's a Russian artist. It's signed right here, and you can even see a couple holes in the board and I think those are tack marks where he probably tacked it up on the wall to study it.
APPRAISER: The artist was born in Russia, but he was a member of something called the School of Paris, and this was a term that was loosely used to apply to foreigners who were living and working in Paris. And often they were from Eastern Europe or of Jewish origin. Kikoine was born in 1892 in Minsk. And about 20 years before that, there was ruling in Russia that Jewish people could not move to the larger cities. So artists such as Kikoine were forced to either study in smaller schools or go out of the country. He did study for a few years in Russia in some secondary schools, but then in 1911 he did move to Paris. And this was similar to Chagall and Soutine and other artists. In Paris, he studied with Pissarro and Cézanne, and that's what I was struck by when I saw this-- the loose brushstrokes and the vibrant colors very much reminded me of Cézanne.
GUEST: Where is this location?
APPRAISER: I think it's probably in the south of France, because he lived there and painted landscapes. And I think this really shows us how impressionism and post-impressionism continue to be very popular in the market. I think that this might bring around $7,000 to $10,000 at auction.
GUEST: Oh, how wonderful. Goodness! I'm so surprised. I really am. Oh, I didn't know anything, did I?
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