Lot 152
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Oleg Tselkov

25,000 - 35,000 GBP
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  • Oleg Tselkov
  • Goldfish
  • dated 57 t.l.; further signed and inscribed with a dedication to Lev Loseff on the reverse
  • oil on canvas
  • 48.5 by 35cm, 19 by 13 3/4 in.


A gift from the artist to the poet Lev Loseff (1937-2009) in the late 1950s 
Thence by descent to the present owner

Catalogue Note

On finishing the present painting in 1957, Oleg Tselkov summoned a group of friends including Lev Loseff to join him on the banks of the Neva to witness a kind of baptismal ceremony for Goldfish, which he proceeded to dip into the river water. Loseff would later emigrate to the United States, where he became an eminent poet, professor of Russian literature and close friend of Joseph Brodsky.