Yuri Tarasov was one of the strongest painters in the Soviet Union, Russia and Lithuania. While his talent had no borders, Yuri’s fantastic vision and ability to show the true classic Russian art school with a touch of modern European trends made his paintings highly controversial in the Soviet society. As the son of the Head of the Supreme Council of the Russian Soviet Federative Socialist Republic, he had an opportunity to become one of the best-know artists in the USSR, but Yuri never wanted fame or money, strongly believing that great art must bring recognition and not the other way around. Ignoring the opportunities life gave him, committed only to his art and his family, Yuri Tarasov, nevertheless, became one of the top artists in the entire Soviet Union. The recognition that he so carefully avoided inevitably came to him after each and every one of his exhibitions. His art spoke for itself.
It seems that the mischievous spirit of Benvenuto Cellini lives on in his mysterious €107 million self-portrait that 500 years later continues to stir up trouble for everyone who comes in contact with it.
Explore this fascinating story of money, betrayal, and prestige in our exclusive interview with Prof. Mikhail Tamoikin, the man who appraised and put the now-famous self-portrait of Benvenuto Cellini on the map. It’s a saga worthy of Cellini himself!
Czeslaw Znamierowski was a renowned Soviet Lithuanian painter whose large body of work spanned from the 1920s until the 1970s. During his fifty-year career, he painted over 1,400 landscapes, drew over 800 sketches, and completed over 3,000 artworks. His work is particularly regarded for its featuring of stunning landscapes, some of which cover canvases larger than 8 feet by 4 feet. Due to his affiliation with socialist political movements in Russia, Znamierowski and his work have demonstrated a growing appeal to collectors in foreign markets who hold similar political affinities, particularly China, where his work is reported to have sold for as high as $120,000.
Thomas says: “The toughest part of my career was to build that confidence step by step and on both sides: funding partners and art clients. It was like a wall of bricks. Brick by brick, loan by loan, I got better.”
“If you are on the art side, it is necessary to get involved in the art market. I know a lot of big galleries that look for staff. People who know how to run an art market business are candidates in high demand that these big galleries want to hire.”
Thomas González has always had a passion for art. So today, he arranges art loans and has committed himself to the art loan business. He has developed a trusted cadre of financial partners, responsible for successfully brokering art loans above one hundred million Euros.
We at World Art News have had the pleasure of interviewing Thomas in a two-part series to discover his secrets to running a successful art loans business.
When I first learned that Saudi Arabia is purchasing the only self-portrait of Benvenuto Cellini for €107 million I was immediately intrigued by the sum. As a financial analyst I am interested in numbers, and especially pricing, so I decided to examine all available publications in order to create a price-timeline for this portrait.