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Oleg Vassiliev
TWILIGHT 
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PROPERTY FROM A PRIVATE COLLECTION, GERMANY

Oleg Vassiliev
TWILIGHT 
Оценка
150 000200 000
Лот продан 182,500 GBP (Цена продажи с учетом процента покупателя)
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Details & Cataloguing

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Oleg Vassiliev
TWILIGHT 
signed in Cyrillic and dated 90 in the centre; further signed in Cyrillic, titled in Latin and dated 1990 on the reverse
oil on canvas
217 by 196cm, 85 1/2 by 77 1/4 in.
Executed in 1990
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Происхождение

Phillis Kind Gallery, New York
Acquired directly from the above by the present owner in 1995

Выставки

Bologna, Galleria Comunale d'Arte Moderna, a Mosca...a Mosca..., 26 September- 22 November 1992

Публикации

Exhibition catalogue a Mosca...a Mosca..., Bologna: Galleria Comunale d'Arte Moderna, 1992, p.154, illustrated

Описание в каталоге

Vassiliev is one of the greatest Russian artists of the late 20th century and his body of work is only now beginning to be properly recognised.  Like much late 20thcentury painting, his work explores the intersections between figurative art and abstraction.   Among his immediate influences are the lyrical realist landscape paintings of Isaac Levitan and Kazimir Malevich’s suprematist art, as Eric Bulatov comments: Vassiliev’s painting ‘connects such disparate lines of development in Russian art as nineteenth-century realist painting, landscape painting in particular, and the avant-garde of the 1920s and 1920s’.

Portraiture is an important genre in Vassiliev’s oeuvre.  His subjects are predominantly drawn from his close circle of family and friends and they are typically painted in a landscape, or less often an interior.  These works are not to be taken as mere psychological studies, for the individual is seen here as part of a larger social and cosmic reality, one of the hallmarks of German Romantic art which Vassiliev was interested in and is a key to understanding his work.

Among the most successful of these works are his self-portraits and pictures of his wife Kira.  In ‘Twilight’ we find her reading alone by an open window.  She is framed inside a massive, black rectangle and although it dominates, the composition appears balanced and harmonious.  What at first appears to be black space is a dark wood at dusk, punctuated with three thin white lines.  As we contemplate the subject and her surroundings, the artist has us move between light and shade, the figurative and the abstract, with day turning to night and its promise of dreams.  In ‘Twilight’ Vassiliev embodies the one he loves most – his wife and muse - with his memories, to the extent that the subject and his own memories become inseparable.  The work was painted in 1990, the year the artist and his wife left Russia and settled in the USA.

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