The history of Eastern European art is complex, spanning centuries and encompassing many different cultures. In this region the art was heavily influenced by modernism and avant-garde movements such as Constructivism, Suprematism and Dadaism. These movements sought to challenge traditional artistic conventions and explore new forms of expression. Artists such as Victor Brauner, Constantin Brancusi, Marcel Iancu, Alfréd Réth, Paul Paun, Gherasim Luca and Corneliu Michailescu created new modern art that was more experimental and expressive, incorporating elements of surrealism and abstraction. These artists had a major influence on the development of modern art in Eastern Europe and helped shape these region’s cultural identity. In the post-World War II period, Socialist Realism became the official art style of the Soviet Union and its satellite states. This style was characterized by its realistic depictions of everyday life and its focus on the heroic achievements of the working class. In the late 20th century, Eastern European art began to move away from Socialist Realism and embraced fresh, contemporary styles. Artists such as Erna Rosenstein, Geta Bratescu, Julije Knifer, Paul Neagu, Simon Hantai, Antoni Starczewski, Dimitrije Bašičević, Mangelos or Eva Cerbu explored themes of identity, memory, and history in their work. In the 21st century, Eastern European art has continued to evolve and explore new forms of expression. Contemporary artists such as Adrian Ghenie, Mircea Cantor, Ion Barladeanu, Lovro Artuković, Mladen Stilinović, Dragoljub Raša Todosijević, Marin Gherasim, Horia Bernea, Stefan Gierowski, Horia Damian, Ion Grigorescu and Ion Bitzan, have pushed the boundaries of traditional art forms and created works that are both visually striking and conceptually challenging. Drawing and photography have been important mediums of expression in Eastern Europe since the 19th century but during the recent period, many artists used drawing to explore the changing social and political landscape of the region. The selection of this auction, which includes 140 works on paper from the CEE, showcases the great potential of this fragile medium offering a direct, intimate, accessible approach while uncovering works from seminal artists of this region.
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The works of art which are subject to artist resale royalty rights ('droit de suite') are marked with an * in the description of the work of art. The amount of the royalties is calculated using a sliding scale of percentages of the Hammer Price.