Masterpiece “THE WHIRLWIND” by Maliavin Filip Andreevich


One of the most important paintings of this great Russian artist.

The painting was a sensation of the Moscow Manege Art&Antique Fair. It was referred to as “the Russian Mona Lisa”.
The painting, rich in composition and pictorial skill, rivals the artist’s most famous work, also titled “The Whirlwind”, but created back in 1906, which is on permanent display at the State Tretyakov Gallery and which brought the artist the title of an academician. Despite the common topic, the two paintings establish different moods. It should be noted that this is one of the largest paintings ever created by the artist, which also adds to its uniqueness and value. The original and remarkable talent of Maliavin was inspired by the Russian folk people. His extraordinary natural talent was developed unusually rapidly, at the very beginning of his independent creative life, and at the same time brought him recognition and fame.

Maliavin’s innovative painting techniques were evaluated by famous art critics from Western Europe who noted a blend of national character with rich and powerful plastic expression.

Maliavin’s artworks play a special role in the history of Russian art. They remain mysterious and they attract with their exceptional inner strength.

Paintings by Filip Maliavin remain popular to this day and his works of art are sold for up to 850,000 USD at international auctions.



For decades, the artist painted on canvas and paper representatives of influential European circles and Russian migrants, the creative and political elite, the presidents and monarchs, peasants, prominent representatives of the culture from the times of Imperial Russia and the Soviet epoch, patrons and industrialists. The artworks of this distinguished, talented and deeply national artist are displayed at the State Tretyakov Gallery, Russian State Museum and many other museums in Russia and abroad.


1920 – 1930s
Oil on canvas
100 x 130 cm
Signed lower right: Ph.Maliavine
The painting has a museum value.


Johann Havemann (1870 – 1944) purchased the painting from the artist in the 1930s. He was born in Rudkøbing, Denmark. Havemann’s first work experience was at a curtain store in Fredericia. At the age of 20 he moved to Copenhagen and got a job as a manager at Magasin Du Nord and in 1898 he became the president of the Magasin. In 1919 he bought Magasin du Nord’s Vesterbro and renamed it to Havemann’s Magasin. In the 1930s, during one of his visits to Copenhagen, Filip Maliavin was introduced to Johann Havemann. In 1940, Maliavin painted a portrait of Elsa Prior Havemann (1920-2000), Johann Havemann’s daughter-in-law. “The Whirlwind” was purchased from Johann Havemann’s heirs.



P. M. Tretyakov independent art research & expertise, expert conclusion ОЖ 12918, № 8197-45, from 22 March 2019.


“Landscape and genre paintings in the work of the Wanderers.” Landscape Museum of the Plyos State Historical-Architectural and Art Museum. Plyos, from June 7 to September 20, 2019.
The paintings of famous Russian artists from private collections of members of the International Confederation of Art and Antique Dealers are exhibited. This exhibition is a part of the regional project “Big Art – Small Cities”.


• Exhibition catalogue “Landscape and genre paintings in the work of the Wanderers”. Landscape Museum of the Plyos State Historical-Architectural and Art Museum. Plyos, from June 7 to September 20, 2019. Pages 34 and 35. Illustration on page 35.
• The newspaper «ПЛЁССКИЕ ВЕДОМОСТИ» (PLYOS JOURNAL), No.18 (253), 14 June, 2019. The article „Anniversary of Peredvizhniki started in Plyos“. Description on page 6. Article preview: The art collector, Vladimir Peshich, has arrived from London to accompany his painting, Filip Malyavin’s „Whirlwind“, to Plyos. – The painting was exhibited in Russia for the first time at the Central Exhibition Hall „Manege“ in Moscow. It can now be seen at the Landscape Museum in Plyos, – says the owner of this masterpiece.“
• International Design magazine ДОМ & ИНТЕРЬЕР (HOUSE AND INTERIOR). No.259, May – June, 2019. Pages 40-41. Antiques. Pesic family collection. Paintings for luxurious interior. Article „Filip Malyavin’s masterpiece from Peshich family’s Russian art collection became a central work of art at the RA&AF exhibition“. Description on page 40, illustration on pages 40 and 41.
• International Design magazine ДОМ & ИНТЕРЬЕР (HOUSE AND INTERIOR). No.258, March – April, 2019. Pages 26-28. Antiques. Pesic family collection. Article «Masterpiece by Filip Maliavin will be presented for the first time in Russia». Description on pages 26 and 27, illustration on page 26.
• Magazine РОСКОШНЫЙ ДОМ (LUXURY HOUSE). Architecture. Interior design. Art. No.1 March, 2019. Pages 52 – 55. Masterpieces for your home. Description and illustration on page 53.
• Magazine РОСКОШНЫЙ ДОМ. (LUXURY HOUSE). Architecture. Interior design. Art. No.3, December, 2018. Magazine front endpaper spread. Unique works of art „Peshich family collection“. Illustrated.


• TV Channel Russia, 7 June, 2019, “News”. Exhibition “Landscape and genre paintings in the work of Peredvizhniki. Paintings from private collections.” is being held at the Landscape Museum of the Plyos State Historical-Architectural and Art Museum. Interview: TV journalist Philip Yaroshenkov with the art collector, Vladimir Peshich.

• TV Channel Russia 24, 17 April, 2019

“Exhibition of Antiques and Contemporary Art is held at the Manege”

Interview: TV journalist Zinaida Kurbatova with the art collector, Vladimir Peshich.

• “Kommersant FM”, 18 April, 2019. Art and facts with Dmitry Butkevich: “Antique dealers have already arisen in the Manege like a phoenix bird”. Dmitry Butkevich – about Russian Art&Antique Fair. Journalist Dmitry Bukevich from “Kommersant FM” talks about the biggest international exhibition of classical, modern and high jewelry art, antiques and design in Russia. From the article and radio broadcast: I will single out the people I haven’t seen in Russia for a long time, – “Peshich family collection”. My old friends from Belgrade own the magnificent dance painted by Filip Maliavin, which is referred to by many as a greatest painting of the entire Salon.



The painting is in excellent condition, without restoration, without retouching, on its own stretcher.


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October 10, 1869 (Kazanki, Samara province) — December 23, 1940 (Nice).
Painter, graphic artist.
Maliavin was born to a peasant family. In 1885 he studied icon painting at the St. Panteleimon’s Monastery on Mount Athos. Sculptor V. A. Beklemishev helped him to enter the Academy of Arts in St. Petersburg. Maliavin studied under the guidance of P. P. Chistyakov. From 1894 to 1899 studied at the Higher Art School of painting, sculpture and architecture under the Academy of Arts (VKhU) in the studio of I. E. Repin. In 1899 Maliavin painted diploma artwork — the painting Lough. The work was rejected by the Council of the Imperial Academy of Arts. Only due to Repin and V. V. Matai, Maliavin conferred the title of an artist for his portraits, but without a pensioner mission. However the failure of his diploma, the painting achieved success. One year later Maliavin was awarded gold medal for the painting Lough at the International exhibition in Paris; in 1901 the International gallery of modern art in Venice bought this painting to its collection. Maliavin became famous in Europe. Later he created a series of paintings with Russian peasant women.

Maliavin exposed his works at the exhibitions of the Society of Travelling Art Exhibitions (TPKhV, 1895, 1900–1901), at the exhibitions of the group Mir Iskusstva (“World of Art”, 1899–1903, 1906, 1911, 1921, 1922), the Secession in Berlin (1903–1904). Since 1903 Maliavin was a member and active participant of the exhibitions of the Union of Russian Artists. In 1900 and in 1906 Maliavin made a trip to Paris; in 1906 he exposed his works at the Autumn Salon. In the same year he was conferred the title of academician for the painting “The whirlwind” which is on permanent display at the State Tretyakov Gallery.

After the Revolution, Maliavin worked at Ryazan commissariat of public education; participated in foundation of the picture gallery, studio of painting. He was one of the heads of Ryazan State Free Art Studios (GSKhM).

During All-Russia Conference in 1920, Maliavin was a delegate of the Union of Russian Artists. He drew a lot of sketches of V. I. Lenin from nature.

In 1922 Maliavin left Russia and moved to France. He lived in Paris, Malmö, and Nice. In emigration Maliavin’s manner of painting and subject did not change. He continued to paint Russian peasant women: Wedding (1923), Russian peasant women (1925), Woman in yellow kerchief (1926), Dance (1926, 1928, 1930), Country coquette (1927), Dancing (1930). Maliavin worked a lot as a portrait painter. His works of 1920s–1930s, as early works of 1890s–1910s, were characterized by rich and decorative colors. He formed his own recognizable style.
Personal exhibitions of Malyavin were held in 1919 in Ryazan, in 1924 — in the gallery Charpentier in Paris, in 1933 — in Prague and Belgrade, in 1934 — in Nice and Stockholm, in 1935 — in London. In 1969 memorial retrospective exhibition of Maliavin’s works was held in the Research Museum of the USSR Academy of Arts in Leningrad and was dedicated to the 100th anniversary of his birth.

Works by Filip Maliavin are in many Russian museums and private collections, including the State Tretyakov Gallery, the Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts in Moscow, the State Russian Museum and the Research museum of the Russian Academy of Arts in St. Petersburg . A lot of artworks by Maliavin are in foreign private collections.

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