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PROPERTY FROM THE MERRILL C. BERMAN COLLECTION, UNITED STATES

Elena Mikhailovna Kostenko
POSTLADY
JUMP TO LOT
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PROPERTY FROM THE MERRILL C. BERMAN COLLECTION, UNITED STATES

Elena Mikhailovna Kostenko
POSTLADY
JUMP TO LOT

Details & Cataloguing

Art of the Soviet Union

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Elena Mikhailovna Kostenko
B.1926
POSTLADY
signed in Cyrillic and dated 1954 l.r.; further signed, titled and dated on the reverse 
oil on canvas
100 by 75.5cm, 39 1/2 by 29 3/4 in.
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Provenance

Galerie Basmadjian, Paris

Catalogue Note

‘To organise the whole national economy on the lines of the postal-service… is our immediate aim’ wrote Lenin. A monolithic, hierarchical, state-run organization, the service was a model of hypercentralisation that could be held up by Lenin as an example of how to structure a socialist economic system. The postal-worker subsequently became a universal image for the reliability and efficiency of the state as well as the heroism of the everyday worker, who in this instance provided the vital link between the far reaches of the empire. Elena Kostenko graduated from the Leningrad Institute of Painting, Sculpture and Architecture in 1952 and became famous for her strong portraiture.

Art of the Soviet Union

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