Known primarily for his surrealist and hyper-realist work, Yuri Semash painted the present still life the year after he moved from Dnepropetrovsk to St Petersburg. Solo exhibitions of his work have been held in Germany and Switzerland.
The edges of the board are uneven in places and the top two corners in particular have been rounded off. There are abrasions to all the edges and corners with losses to both the paint layer and the canvas. There are other scratches and abrasions to the paint surface, notably around the poster in the upper right and in the lower left of the composition. An area of restoration to the top of the chair is visible to the naked eye. There is a significant layer of surface dirt and scattered staining throughout. Inspection under UV light reveals the aforementioned area of retouching as well as other scattered areas, including the face and hair of the bust and the mirror in the upper left. Held behind glass in a wooden tray frame. Unexamined out of frame. "In response to your inquiry, we are pleased to provide you with a general report of the condition of the property described above. Since we are not professional conservators or restorers, we urge you to consult with a restorer or conservator of your choice who will be better able to provide a detailed, professional report. Prospective buyers should inspect each lot to satisfy themselves as to condition and must understand that any statement made by Sotheby's is merely a subjective, qualified opinion. Prospective buyers should also refer to any Important Notices regarding this sale, which are printed in the Sale Catalogue. NOTWITHSTANDING THIS REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF BUSINESS PRINTED IN THE SALE CATALOGUE."