Maria Prymachenko's Chornobyl painting sold at charity auction for $500,000

6 May, 04:55 PM
Maria Prymachenko's family directed their royalties to the Armed Forces (Photo:NV)

Maria Prymachenko's family directed their royalties to the Armed Forces (Photo:NV)

“The Flowers Grew Around the Fourth Block,” a painting by the famous Ukrainian artist Maria Prymachenko, has been sold at auction for $500,000 to a Ukrainian living abroad.

According to the Serhiy Prytula Charity Foundation, the proceeds from the sale will be given to the Armed Forces of Ukraine.

The starting price of the painting was $5,000. Prymachenko's family renounced their royalties from the sale, donating them to the Ukrainian Armed Forces.

Collectors Daria Dobriyan and Ihor Palamarchuk donated the work to Prytula’s volunteer HQ.

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Prymachenko painted “The Flowers Grew Around the Fourth Block” in 1990.

On Feb. 28, 2022, a Russian shell hit the Historical and Local History Museum of the village of Ivankiv in the Kyiv Oblast, where works by Prymachenko, a famous Ukrainian artist, were exhibited.

As a result, a fire broke out and the roof of the building collapsed. The works of the famous Ukrainian artist were saved by the museum's security guard Anatoliy, his wife Natalia, and several fellow villagers.

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