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Art of the Soviet Union

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Andrei Andreevich Tutunov
B.1928
SPRING WATERS
signed in Cyrillic and dated 55 l.r.; further signed, titled and dated on the reverse, bearing a USSR export label on the stretcher and Gekkoso label on the backing board
oil on canvas
69 by 94cm, 21 1/4 by 37in.
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Provenance

The artist's studio
Gekkoso Gallery, Tokyo

Catalogue Note

Yoko Nakamura, the director of Gekkoso Gallery, first visited the Soviet Union in 1969 convinced that the country’s art must be worth exploring. ‘The music, literature and theatre of the Soviet Union are all excellent. There cannot be poor painting in a country where the arts are so highly developed.’ A year later the gallery held the first selling exhibition of Soviet art in Japan, these continued annually for over ten years and visited Tokyo, Osaka and Sapporo. Nakamura was involved in numerous enterprises to promote the Soviet Union in Japan. She published a quarterly art magazine in Japan in association with the Ministry of Culture and the Union of Artists of the USSR, and organised a huge retrospective of Soviet and Russian Painting which included over 600 works from the State Tretyakov Gallery, including Ivan Shishkin's Rye Fields and Tair Salakhov's Portrait of Aidan.

The present lot was published as a postcard by Sovetskii khudozhnik in 1956.

Art of the Soviet Union

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