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Nikolay Nikanorovich Dubovskoy

(RussianНиколай Никанорович Дубовский; 17 December 1859 – 28 February 1918)
 was a Russianlandscapepainter. Dubovskoy was born in Novocherkassk, a province of Rostov, in 1859.

He studied from 1877 to 1881 at theImperial Academy of ArtsinSaint PetersburgunderMikhail Konstantinovich Klodt. In 1886, he became a member of thePeredvizhniki(the Wanderers), a group of Russian painters.

 The Peredvizhniki was the brainchild of a group of Russian artists who sought to slough off the academic restrictions they experienced.
The Peredvizhniki was formed as an artists' cooperative. Later, it gradually evolved into the Society for Travelling Art Exhibitions in 1870.

 The society was formed in St. Petersburg under the leadership ofIvan Kramskoi,Grigoriy Myasoyedov,Nikolai GeandVasily Perov. Their aim was to infuse democratic ideals in the art sphere, which was in the grips of government.

Gauguin Discovered

Previously Unknown Gauguin Discovered at Bonhams

As summer arrives in London, yellow roses blossom at Bonhams. 'Bouquet de roses' by Paul Gauguin (French, 1848-1903) is the highlight of the Impressionist and Modern Art sale on 23rd June at Bonhams New Bond Street. Previously unknown even to Gauguin scholars, Bouquet de roses is an important, and delightful, discovery that will be offered for sale with estimates of £800,000-£1,200,000. Paul Gauguin was a post-impressionist artist whose work influenced art giants Picasso and Matisse and is among the most celebrated of the modern masters.

However, Gauguin only began his career as an artist after numerous other professions, including the French Navy, stock broking and tarpaulin sales. Gauguin's artwork only truly gained popularity and renown after his death, and he died in relative anonymity and of modest wealth. The oil on canvas, Bouquet de roses, is signed 'P Gauguin 84' to the lower right. In 1884 the artist was 36…

Art Authenticators

New Legislation Would Protect Art Authenticators Against ‘Nuisance’ Lawsuits Don't Shoot the Messenger  BY DANIEL GRANT
Over the 15 years that the Andy Warhol Art Authentication Board was in operation, it was sued “10 or so times, maybe more,” by disgruntled owners of paintings that they hoped had been created by the Pop artist, according to Joel Wachs, the president of the Andy Warhol Foundation. In each instance, the authentication board decided that submitted artworks were not genuine Warhols. “We won every single one of those lawsuits, but the process was extraordinarily expensive, costing us at least $10 million defending ourselves,” he said. “Eventually, we decided that we wanted our money to go to artists and not to lawyers,” which led the foundation to disband the authentication board in 2012.
Following decisions by the Keith Haring Foundation, the Pollock-Krasner Foundation and the estates of Pablo Picasso and Jean-Michel Basquiat to disband their authentication boards, a b…

Verily, it's a Vermeer.

Christie's auction house says science has confirmed that a disputed painting is the work of Dutch master Johannes Vermeer. The painting could fetch 8 million pounds ($13 million) when it is sold next month. "Saint Praxedis" is believed to be the earliest surviving work by the 17th-century artist, but there has long been a question mark over its authenticity. The work was tentatively attributed to Vermeer after it appeared in an exhibition at New York's Metropolitan Museum in 1969, and the authorship was reinforced in 1986, when leading Vermeer scholar Arthur Wheelock argued it was authentic.

But other experts remained skeptical. The painting was not included in a "Young Vermeer" exhibition in The Hague in 2010, but was displayed in a 2012 show of the artist's work in Rome. Christie's said Friday it was declaring the work a Vermeer after scientists at Amsterdam's Rijksmuseum and Free University carried out isotope analysis on its lead white — a …