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Ilya Grigorievich Chashnik
SUPREMATIST COMPOSITION
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PROPERTY FROM A PRIVATE EUROPEAN COLLECTION

Ilya Grigorievich Chashnik
SUPREMATIST COMPOSITION
Estimate
30,00050,000
LOT SOLD. 60,000 GBP
JUMP TO LOT

Details & Cataloguing

Russian Pictures including the Bar-Gera Collection of Soviet Non-Conformist Art

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Ilya Grigorievich Chashnik
1902-1929
SUPREMATIST COMPOSITION
ink and watercolour over pencil on paper
34 by 37.5cm, 13 1/2 by 14 3/4 in.
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Provenance

Ilya Ilich Chashnik, the artist's son, Leningrad
Lev Nussberg, Moscow, later USA
Leonard Hutton Galleries, New York
Bruce and Kathy Gallagher McCowan, New York
Leonard Hutton Galleries, New York
Acquired from the above in 1997

Exhibited

New York, Leonard Hutton Galleries, Ilya Grigorievich Chashnik - Watercolors, Drawings, Reliefs, 2 November 1979 - 15 March 1980, no.4
Los Angeles, Los Angeles County Museum of Art; Washington, D.C., Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, The Avant-garde in Russia 1910-1930: New Perspectives, 1980-1981, no.24

Literature

Exhibition catalogue Ilya Grigorievich Chashnik - Watercolors, Drawings, Reliefs, New York: Leonard Hutton Galleries, 1979, p.79, no.4 listed; reproduced on the back cover
Exhibition catalogue The Avant-garde in Russia 1910-1930: New Perspectives, Los Angeles: Los Angeles County Museum of Art, 1980, p.137, no.24 illustrated b/w; p.136 listed

Catalogue Note

The Cosmos, and its eventual population, was an essential idea of both European and Russian Futurism. In Russia the most influential writer on this subject was the 19th century philosopher Nikolai Fedorov but it was the following generation of engineers and artists who attempted a more practical application of his ideas. ‘Cosmic feeling’ was one of the terms Malevich used to evaluate the relative success of a Suprematist artwork and Chashnik was one of the most enthusiastic adopters of this concept.

In both these compositions the individual components of suspended bars seem to flow weightlessly in space, as if the distance between them is controlled by magnetic attraction. It is their precise arrangement which creates a sense of energy, tension and movement.

Russian Pictures including the Bar-Gera Collection of Soviet Non-Conformist Art

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