Lot 37
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Yuri Ivanovich Pimenov

250,000 - 350,000 GBP
302,500 GBP
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  • Yuri Ivanovich Pimenov
  • Posters in the Rain
  • signed with initials in Cyrillic and indistinctly dated 73 l.l.; further bearing Gekkoso Gallery exhibition label and USSR export label on the reverse
  • oil on canvas
  • 86.7 by 80.7cm, 34 by 31 3/4 in.


Acquired by the current owner at Gekkoso Gallery in 1974


Tokyo, Gekkoso Gallery, Yuri Pimenov: Izobrazhenie vnutrennego mira chelovechestva po teme sovremennoi zhizni, 10-20 December 1974, no.1


Exhibition catalogue Yuri Pimenov: Izobrazhenie vnutrennego mira chelovechestva po teme sovremennoi zhizni, Tokyo: Gekkoso Gallery, 1974, no.1 illustrated
A.Sidorov, Yuri Ivanovich Pimenov, Moscow: Sovetskii khudozhnik, 1986, with reference to the Tokyo exhibition but incorrectly dated, no.123 illustrated; p.194 listed

Catalogue Note

The present work was specifically chosen by the artist to open his 1974 exhibition catalogue.  

Pimenov often incorporates references to the theatre in his painting, having worked in the world of theatre and cinema throughout his career, collaborating with artists on major productions such as Edmond Rostands’ Cyrano de Bergerac (1943) and Nikolai Vinnikov’s The Wide Steppe (1949). The bright yellow poster in the present lot advertises Alexander Ostrovsky’s popular comedy Talents and Admirers (1881), which had most recently been staged at the Mayakovsky Theatre in Moscow in 1969.

Pimenov titles the Gekkoso catalogue 'Mir nastroenie' and indeed, few artists have produced a body of work that is so evocative of the fabric of everyday life in the Soviet era. As with many of Pimenov’s works from the 60s and 70s, the present scene contrasts the sense of occasion with the routine. As city-dwellers push through the downpour, the wall of advertisements provides a vivid backdrop to the grind of daily life.