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Andrei Vasilevich Korotkov
1902-?
FOOTBALL MATCH
signed in Cyrillic and dated 1949 l.l.
oil on canvas laid on masonite
115.5 by 183.5cm, 45 1/2 by 72 1/4 in.
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Provenance

David Harrington, London
Acquired from the above by the present owner in 1993

Exhibited

Minneapolis, The Museum of Russian Art, Art for the People, 2004

Literature

Exhibition catalogue Hidden Treasures: Russian and Soviet Impressionism 1930s-1970s, Scotsdale: Fleischer Museum, 1994, p.194, no.111 illustrated

Catalogue Note

Football was a favourite post-revolutionary theme ever since Alexander Deineka’s large-scale works of the 1920s. The appeal of sport, according to this leading exponent of the genre, was that it was democratic, popular, positive, optimistic, lyrical and able to accommodate ‘shades of feeling’. An emphasis on the ideals of youth, health and unity continued through the Soviet era and images of mass gatherings in stadiums remained popular. A Kiev-based artist, Korotkov would no doubt have been aware of the legendary football matches which took place in the city against occupation forces during the Second World War, subsequently the subject of numerous books and films and part of Kiev’s heroic war history.

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