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Stepan Fedorovich Kolesnikov

Estimate
5,000 - 7,000 GBP
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Description

  • Stepan Fedorovich Kolesnikov
  • Rest Stop
  • signed in Latin l.l.
  • gouache, watercolour and oil on card
  • image size: 47.5 by 62.5cm, 18 3/4 by 24 1/2 in.

Provenance

Private collection, Belgrade
Colonel and Mrs Stanley M. Smolensky, Alexandria, Virginia, circa 1955
Thence by descent
Private collection, USA

Catalogue Note

Rest Stop comes from the collection of the late U.S. Army colonel Stanley Smolensky and his wife Clare. Colonel Smolensky (1918-1971) was the senior Ordinance Officer for The American Military Assistance Staff when he acquired these works in Belgrade, Yugoslavia in 1955, during the height of the Cold War. When Tito came to power in Yugoslavia, millions of dollars in ordinance was given by the U.S. to that country for military assistance; and Colonel Smolensky, then a Major, commanded the U.S. military presence there.

Following his distinguished career as a top-ranking military official, Colonel Smolensky, a Harvard and M.I.T.-trained engineer, was appointed the Deputy Director for Logistics for Manned Space Flight at NASA, including the Apollo Space Program (Apollo Eleven). Later he became a director of Bell Aerospace in New Orleans.
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