Rostropovich, An Exile with a Massive Collection

The legend of Maestro Rostropovich (March 27, 1927 – April 27, 2007) will reach a new height when Sotheby’s will auction his outstanding collection this month.

As a self exile, he soon proved he can just conquer the world with his cello. From reportedly a cello, one dog, two suitcases and two children, the Russian couple amassed a huge collection of Russian art and antique within three decades. From art market stand point of view, Rostropovich strategic decision in speciality of collection with respect to the timing of both buying and selling is extremely successful. On the other hand, the couple, being deprived of the citizenship, he collected Russian antiques only because that’s how they felt they were rooted. The current collection, to some extent, is the materialized nostalgia of the great cellist.

The collection for the auction can be seen here.

About Hui

Wang Hui lived from 1632 - 1717 and followed in the footprints of his great grandfathers, grandfather, father and uncles and learned painting at a very early age. He was later taught by two contemporary masters, Zhang Ke and Wang Shimin, who taught him to work in the tradition of copying famous Chinese paintings. This is most likely the reason why critics claim that his work is conservative and reflects the Yuan and Song traditions. One critic claimed that "his landscape paintings reflect his nostalgic attachment to classical Chinese aesthetics. Along with the other Wangs, Wang Hui helped to perpetuate the tradition of copying the ancient masters rather than creating original work.

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